Mumbai FC - Sporting Clube de Goa Preview: The home side will be looking to halt their losing run
Khalid Jamil's side are still pointless and will be looking to stem the rot, while Sporting Clube de Goa will hope to get back to winning ways....
By John Vaz
Stephene, Amiri, Evans, William;
Nicholas, Chakraborty, Dane, Darren;
SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA
Samananda, Matthew, Boboi, Rovan;
Rowlin, Ogba, Peixoto, Lourenco;
Four games into the season, and Mumbai are still looking for their first points of the season. The current basement club have made one of their worst starts to an I-League season since their promotion. A win though, could change fortunes dramatically, as their opponents, Sporting are just three places above them on three points.
|Mumbai will have to be more clinical in front of goal
Khalid Jamil's side lost narrowly by a solitary goal to Salgaocar, against whom they did play good football only to be let down by some wayward finishing. With Evans Quao set to return from suspension, expect the Mumbai defense to get stronger. Although where Abhishek Yadav will be played is probably a mystery, as he has been previously played in different positions in attack and defense on various occasions.
Fresh from a 3-1 mauling at the hands of Odafa Okolie and Mohun Bagan, Ekendra Singh will look to get his side back on track after a dismal start to the season that has seen them pick up just 1 win from their four matches.
|Sporting will be gunning for all three points
He will not look to tinker too much with the side that lined up in the previous gameweek, trusting players who have shown glimpses of what they are actually capable of. Also injuries to Adil Khan, Rojen Singh and Keita Boubacar limits the coach's options. However with Mumbai FC not being in a good run of form, the Flaming Oranje will look to use the home side's lack of confidence to their advantage, to gain all three points
Mumbai FC: No fresh injury concerns. Evans Quao will be returning from suspension to bolster the Mumbai defense.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Injuries to Adil Khan, Rojen Singh and Keita Boubacar leave Ekendra Sen with a serious headache ahead of this vital clash.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Since they were promoted to the I-League, Mumbai FC and Sporting Goa have faced each other six times in the league. Sporting holds the upperhand with three wins compared to MFC's one, with two games ending in a stalemate.
- Mumbai's only win against Sporting Clube de Goa was in the same fixture last season, where they ran out 2-1 winners at home.
- The last league meeting between the two saw Sporting Goa trash Mumbai FC 5-0.
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Top 3 Predictions
Mumbai FC 0-2 Sporting Clube de Goa
- 23.08 %
Mumbai FC 2-0 Sporting Clube de Goa
- 15.39 %
Mumbai FC 0-3 Sporting Clube de Goa
- 15.39 %
|I-League (I-L)||21-Sep-2013||Mumbai FC 1 - Sporting Clube de Goa 1|
|I-League (I-L)||11-May-2013||Sporting Clube de Goa 2 - Mumbai FC 2|
|I-League (I-L)||09-Nov-2012||Mumbai FC 3 - Sporting Clube de Goa 2|
|I-League (I-L)||23-Jan-2012||Sporting Clube de Goa 5 - Mumbai FC 0|
|I-League (I-L)||23-Nov-2011||Mumbai FC 2 - Sporting Clube de Goa 1|
|07-Dec-2013||Pune FC 1 - Mumbai FC 2||I-L|
|02-Dec-2013||Mumbai FC 3 - East Bengal F.C. 2||I-L|
|27-Nov-2013||Mumbai FC 1 - Rangdajied United F.C. 1||I-L|
|06-Nov-2013||Mohd Sp 1 - Mumbai FC 0||I-L|
|02-Nov-2013||Mumbai FC 2 - Bengaluru FC 2||I-L|
|Sporting Clube de Goa|
|07-Dec-2013||Sporting Clube de Goa 1 - Dempo SC 0||I-L|
|01-Dec-2013||Salgaocar F.C. 0 - Sporting Clube de Goa 1||I-L|
|28-Nov-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 3 - Sporting Clube de Goa 2||I-L|
|23-Nov-2013||Bengaluru FC 0 - Sporting Clube de Goa 0||I-L|
|05-Nov-2013||Sporting Clube de Goa 1 - East Bengal F.C. 1||I-L|
|-||Ningthoujam Samananda Singh||Defender|
|7||Freiman Mauricio Peixoto||Midfielder|
|8||Ogba Kalu Nnanna||Midfielder|
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