The stage is set for another highly anticipated playoff clash between Mumbai City and FC Goa in the Indian Super League. The Islanders are ready to host the Gaurs at the Mumbai Football Arena for an epic encounter in the first leg of the semi-final. Both the teams will battle it out over a stretch of two legs to book their berth in the ISL finals. The first leg will be played today in Mumbai whereas the second leg will take place on 12th March in the Fatorda Stadium, Goa.
In recent times, FC Goa has established itself as a footballing powerhouse in India. With the goal-scoring spree and free-flowing football, they remain one of the firm favorites to lift the title this season. Sergio Lobera has influenced the Guars to showcase beautiful football with ball possession and quality passing. FC Goa has scored most number of goals (36) along with most passes per game (529) in this season. Currently, Corominas is leading the top-scoring chart with 15 league goals, and the Spaniard also has the most number of seven assists to his name. FC Goa would be eyeing to perform well in this away leg against an aggressive opponent.
Mumbai City has impressed everyone in this season with their eye-catching football and ruthless tactics. The hosts have to remain defensively disciplined against an attacking powerhouse who had been scoring goals for fun. Jorge Costa has transformed Mumbai into a different team in this campaign with a strong backline and instinct of attacking prowess. With the home crowd behind their back, Mumbai City can turn this crucial tie in their favor if they can frustrate the Guars in the initial stages of the game.
Date: Sunday, 09 March 2019
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena
League: Indian Super League
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar (Website, App)
Recent form (Last five matches)
FC Goa – W L W W D
Mumbai City FC – L W L L L
Head to head
FC Goa Won – 4
Mumbai City FC Won – 3
Drawn – 3
- Brandon Fernandes will return to the playing XI after being rested.
- Zaid Crouch remains doubtful following his muscle injury.
- Nishu Kumar will guard the sticks FC Goa.
Mumbai City FC
- Modou Sougou will feature in the starting lineup.
- Amrinder Singh will be the goalkeeper for the hosts.
Probable Playing XI
Mumbai City – Amrinder Singh, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Lucian Goian, Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose, Arnold Issoko, Sehnaj Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado, Rafael Bastos, Modou Sougou
FC Goa – Naveen Kumar, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Pena, Mandar Rao Desai, Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh, Jackichand Singh, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Ferran Corominas
FUNTUSH SAFE XI