Defending champions Mumbai City FC will look to build on their 4 match winning streak as they take on Kerala Blasters this evening at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.
The Islanders have only lost one game so far in their campaign for this season’s title. They faced their only loss at the hands of Manolo Marquez’s Hyderabad FC but Des Buckingham’s men were quick to show their true capabilities as they responded with a 5-1 win over ATK Mohun Bagan, whose coach Antonio Habas recently stepped down after a string of poor, winless games.
KBFC haven’t had their most desirable start to the season as they languish at the ninth spot in the points table. They have been able to register their only win against Odisha FC.
Bosnian centre back Enes Sipovic has been ruled out for 2 weeks due to an injury in his quadriceps muscle sustained during the game against East bengal.
Mumbai report no injuries as confirmed by their coach in the pre-match press conference.
3 foreigners to watch out for
This highly acclaimed Golden Boot winner is considered a threat to any team he is up against. A key player for Mumbai City, he has been an absolute goal machine and fans shall not be surprised if he taps in a goal or two today.
This new arrival from Uruguay is someone fans should look out for. Just five games into the season, he has already showcased his worth on the pitch. In their match against Odisha, Luna provided two assists for the Blasters and was also awarded as the player of the match in two consecutive games.
Alvaro Vazquez never disappoints. With an incredible vision that always manages to find and hit the target, Vazquez stands as a huge threat to MCFC tonight.
3 Indians to watch out for
Lalengmawia Ralte or ‘Apuia’, was named as the emerging ISL player last season. The talented youngster will be pivotal in blocking the Blasters attack from pouring forward.
Bipin Singh is someone fans should look out for. His presence has been felt at both the 6 goal thrillers Mumbai took part and emerged victorious in.
Sahal Abdul Samad
Eyes will be on this talented midfielder who scored for his team’s season opening game against ATKMB.
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Mumbai have played 14 games against Kerala and have emerged as the winners on 6 occasions while KBFC have had 2 matches in their favour. The two sides have shared points in the rest of the times they have faced each other.
Mumbai City’s lethal attack could prove to be too much for Kerala to sustain. However, both teams shall head into the match with a winning mentality in a desperate attempt to be the side that takes home all three points.
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