Mumbai FC - Prayag United Preview: Can Schattorie's men continue their impressive run?
Can the Kolkata outfit make it 4 wins out of 4 games when they take on Mumbai FC this Saturday, or will the hosts respond to recent criticism with a determined display...
By Abhishek Nair
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Round 17 of the I-League will see the moneybags of the league, Prayag United take on Mumbai FC in an enthralling encounter with both teams looking out to pick maximum points.
The owners of the spendthrift outfit Prayag United would finally be satisfied to a certain extent as coach Eelco Schattorie has finally added a level of consistency to their game. The Kolkata based club has performed well in their last three games picking up maximum points from all matches.
Ranti Martins has been firing on all cylinders and is leading the goalscoring charts with his 17 goals. Prayag would yet again look to their star striker to deliver the goods while Carlos Hernandez has been asserting his dominance over the midfield ever since he arrived.
Mumbai FC will need the experience of Yusif Yakubu and co. to grind out a result against a side brimming with confidence. Khalid Jamil's men have been consistent this season apart from their last 3 games which saw them picking up only 2 points from a possible 9.
The hosts would welcome a victory as three points at home against a strong unit would not only do wonders to Jamil's side but also get them back on track to achieve their objective of finishing the season in the top 4.
The home side will have to avoid the defensive lapses they seem prone to, and if they manage to do that it will surely be an interesting battle between a modest but well organised team taking on a talented and flamboyant outfit.
Mumbai FC: Coach Khalid Jamil will have most of the squad for selection on Saturday as he will be looking to field the best possible XI. Striker Yakubu will lead the frontline and maybe be supported by Gabriel Fernandes or ND Opara.
Prayag United SC: Carlos Hernandez will not be available for this game owing to personal reasons. Lalkamal Bhowmick is suspended for this game after picking up 4 yellow cards.
|DID YOU KNOW?
- The two teams have played against each other 12 times with both winning 4 games each and drawing 4.
- Prayag's striker Ranti Martins is the league's top scorer with his tally of 17.
- In their last meeting, Mumbai FC got the better of Prayag United winning the tie 3-2.
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