FC Pune City vs Mumbai City FC: All you need to know about this ISL fixture
ISL 2017/18: FC Pune City vs Mumbai City FC
FC Pune City will be hosting fierce neighbours Mumbai City FC in the first Maharastra derby in this season’s Indian Super League. Both teams are coming back from a win and will look t build up on it.
Both teams lost their opening fixture but came back strongly o win the next match, as Pune City thumped ATK 4-1 at their own backyard whereas, the Islanders went past FC Goa with a 2-1 scoreline at home. So as both teams coming to this fixture with lot of confidence and morale will look to beat their neighbours in this year’s first Maharashtra derby.
Indian Super League (ISL)
FC Pune City vs Mumbai City FC
Time: 20:00 (IST)
Telecast: Star Sports 2 & HD2
Livestream: Hotstar, JIO TV
FC Pune City
Ranko Popovic is really happy with how his team got together after that defeat against Delhi and came back with a dominant 4-1 win over reigning champions ATK in their own den. The Serbian will also be happy as his team’s star man Marcelinho has finally found his feet this season as he played a part in each of Pune’s goals against ATK (2 goals and 2 assists). The Stallions rely heavily on the golden boot winner from last season and with Marcelinho, they will hope that Emiliano Alfaro combines well and they can score goals for fun.
The Stallions hold a slight better record at this Maratha derby as they lead the Islanders with 3 wins to their 2. But both teams have defeated each other away from home and we are definitely up for a fierce contest.
Popovic generally focuses on attacking display and hence the formation can be a 3-4-3, with Alfaro, Diego Carlos and Marcelinho upfront. Gurtej,Rafael and Fanai may lineup as the back three, whereas Marrcos Tebar and Baljit Sahni will look to shield the defense. Kean Lewis may come in and Rohit Kumar will partner Tebar in midfield.
Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC are coming with a well deserved victory over FC Goa at home and will look to build on their winning form. Mumbai gaffer, Alexandre Guimaraes is very cautious about their opponents attacking prowess and have told that there is hardly any room for errors. He will look to build a solid defense and anything but a defeat will be a good enough result for them against their fiery neighbours.
The Islanders may opt for a more balanced formation with a 4-1-4-1 to balance attack and defense. Captain Lucian Goian and marcio Rozario will be the trusted centre back. Ruidas who featured in full-back position may feature on the flanks alongwith Sanju Pradhan, Sehnaj Singh will shield the defense from Pune City’s fiery onslaughts. Thiago Santos and Everton Santos will feature as playmakers in front of Sehnaj, who will allow both of them to enjoy a free role, and upfront Balwant Singh will hope to improve his performance from the last fixture.
FC Pune City (3-4-3): Kamaljit-Gurtej,Rafael,Fanai-Baljit,Tebar,Rakesh,Lewis-Marcelinho,Alfaro,Carlos
Mumbai City FC (4-1-4-1): Amrinder-Vieri,Rozario,Goian,Raju-Sehnaj-Pradhan,Everton,Thiago,Ruidas-Balwant
It is one of the most awaited fixture of the Indian Super League and the spectators will not be disappointed as they for this match with all anticipation. FC Pune City lost their first home game against Delhi Dynamos and after their win against ATK, i feel that they will continue their winning form against the Islanders. So a exciting clash awaits for the spectators and i predict a 2-1 win for the Stallions.