Both sides come into the game with a perfect record…
Mumbai City host NorthEast United in what is shaping up to be a mouth-watering contest at the Mumbai Football Arena here in the city on friday.
Both sides come into the game in confident mood on the back of victories. Mumbai won their opener against FC Pune City while NEUFC have been efficient in trouncing Kerala Blasters and FC Goa on home soil.
Mumbai are riddled with injuries and absentees especially upfront. Gaston Sangoy picked up a knock in the lead up to the last game while Haiti forward Sony Norde is away on international duty. Bengaluru FC pair Sunil Chhetri and Amrinder Singh will also remain occupied with AFC Cup duty for the Blues. In some better news influential winger Jackichand Singh has now fully recovered from a previous knock and is in contention to start.
For the visitors, centre-back Mailson Alves was pulled off around the half hour mark with an injury in their win over FCG and his availability for his one is still unknown.
Head to Head
In the four games played between these two teams NEUFC hold a slight edge with two wins to Mumbai’s one, while one game ended in a draw.
NorthEat United FC: Subrata Paul(GK), Reagan Singh, Robin Gurung, Gustavo Lazzaretti(C), Mailson Alves, Wellington Priori, Velez, Katsumi Yusa, Rowllin Borges, Holicharan Narzary, Emiliano Alfaro.
Mumbai City FC: Roberto Volpato Neto(GK), Aiborlang Khongjee, Anwar Ali, Lucian Goian, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Krisztián Vadócz, Léo Costa, Pronay Halder, Matías Defederico, Sehnaj Singh, Diego Forlán(C).
Man to Watch
Matias Defederico-Mumbai: The Brazilian winger scored the all-important winner in their opening contest and with key members of the attack still missing he will once again look to profit from all the attention that Forlan will receive. He was given a largely free role in the previous game and his ability to drift into space proved a headache for the backline. The winger will look to continue his fine form tomorrow as well.
Emiliano Alfaro-NorthEast United FC: The Uruguayan scored a brace to lead his side to victory against the Goans and the two Mumbai centre-backs will have to curb his influence in the game if their team is to emerge with a result.
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Gold, Star Gold HD, Jalsha Movies, Jalsha Movies HD, and Hotstar. You can also follow live text commentary of the game on Khel Now.
Match preview by Khel Now-Content Editor Mrunal Nakashe. A sports buff, he’s also a foreign policy enthusiast and keen North Korea watcher. Mrunal loves gaming, reading, traveling and is a self-confessed Football Manager addict. You can follow him on Twitter.