Mumbai FC look to break free

Coach Jamil believes a win is essential after team drew first three home games.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:October 18, 2013 2:26 am

Mumbai FC will be seeking their first home win of the season when they host Salgaocar FC in a clash of two unbeaten teams at the Balewadi sports complex on Friday.

Visitors and third-placed Salgaocar FC (7 points) come into the I-League encounter on the back of two wins and a draw from three games,whereas the hosts who are currently fifth in the table (6 points) have secured one win and three draws in their four games so far.

Salgaocar will be Mumbai FC’s third Goan opponent in their five opening games after facing the other three,Sporting Clube de Goa,Dempo SC and Churchill Brothers already. In the first three home games,the hosts have played three consecutive 1-1 draws and will be hoping to break that trend on Friday.

“It’s a very crucial game for us. A win is extremely essential since we have not won at home yet,” said coach Khalid Jamil. He is most likely to continue with the same 18-man squad from the last two games which also secured the first win against Churchill Brothers. Winger,Subash Chakrabarty,who suffered an injury earlier in the season is expected to figure in the squad. Much will depend upon the strike-partnership of Afghan,Sandjar Ahmadi and Nigerian,Orok Essien,upfront in the absence of Yusif Yakubu.

For Salgaocar,Coach Derrick Pereira will be back in action at the Balewadi stadium for the first time since leaving Pune FC at the start of the season. The visitors have a better head-to-head record against the hosts with seven wins compared to Mumbai FC’s two in ten games so far.

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