As Ex Arsenal Andre Santos set to return for this clash, FC Goa would look for a turnaround with a good show against Mumbai City FC in their Hero Indian Super League fixture at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today. FC Goa could be one of the most attacking sides in the ongoing ISL but they lacked in finishing which has put them at the bottom of the league table with four points from six matches. They have won just one match, drawing one and losing four times.
Their season hasn’t really taken off and though the last gasp win against Delhi Dynamos gave some positive hope, but the loss in the next game at the hands of Kerala Blasters hasn’t helped their cause. FC Goa coach Zico is likely to make a few changes in tomorrow’s starting lineup but said that his team has the potential to bounce back and return to winning ways. The return of Santos will help the team to bolster the attack as he has the capacity to score goals from long distance too.
“My boys have played well in all the matches but when it came to scoring they have failed which have put us at the bottom of table. During practice sessions I try and bring every inch of my experience to show the players what to expect, what can happen, what to avoid so that the team can focus on what they have learnt during training sessions,” Zico said.
“We have to carry on. We have to believe in ourselves and we have to be brave. The road is long. As long as there is life we have to survive. We are breathing and a couple of victories will put us back on the track when when play the second phase,” said the legendary Brazillian.
Mumbai FC have a balance midfield and a compact defence and a reliable keeper in Subrata Paul. They will be looking for their third successive win to move up the ladder. Brazilian Andre Moritz and Subash Singh have been doing well upfront, Nicholas Anelka, who scored a goal each in his side’s last two wins, could pose all sorts of problems to the home team defence led by Gregory and Youness.
“It is going to be an interesting match and will be fought closely. FC Goa have played very well, but lack of finishing has let them down and tomorrow they continue the same,” Mumbai FC coach Peter Reid said.
The journey of Mumbai City FC has been entirely different from that of FC Goa. Having thumped by Atletico de Kolkata in the season opener, the team responded in a style with a 5-0 thumping of neighbours FC Pune City in Maharashtra Derby. But two consecutive losses at the hands of NorthEast United FC and Chennaiyin FC left the team in a spot of bother and lots of improvements is to be done. The team has then come back strongly and boosted by the French star Nicolas Anelka, the team has won two in two to get their campaign on the right track.
FC Goa has not kept a clean sheet so far in this tournament while Mumbai City FC has kept three.
FC Goa has been silent upfront with only 5 goals to their name, the same number Mumbai City FC scored against FC Pune City.
FC Goa (4-2-3-1): Kattimani; Debrata Das, Youness Bengelloun, Gregory Arnolin, Narayan Das; Bruno Pinheiro, Robert Pires, Andre Santos, Jewel Raja, Romeo Fernandes; Miroslav Slepicka
Mumbai City FC (4-4-1-1): Subrata Paul; Deepak Mandal, Manuel Friedrich, Pavel Cmovs, Peter Costa;Subhash Singh, Jan Stohanzl, Johan Letzelter,Lalrindika Ralte; Andre Moritz; Nicolas Anelka
FC Goa 1-1 Mumbai City FC