Khalid Jamil would hope that his side's poor run of form at the Balewadi Sports Complex comes to an end when they face newcomers Bengaluru FC...
Mumbai FC are determined not to miss out on three points at home as they have struggled to convert draws into wins and defeats into draws. Their form has been poor with just a point to show in the last four outings.
The hosts (6 points) have dropped to tenth place in the league table and face the test of newly-formed side Bengaluru FC for the first time ever.
Coach Khalid Jamil said, “We are definitely worried about the results. Dropping points at home doesn’t help us. A win against Bengaluru FC will not only end our losing streak but will also bring our season back on track.”
Haroon Amiri will be missing the tie due to suspension while John Coutinho and Valerano Rebello are injured. Mumbai FC have strengthened their squad ahead of the tie against Bengaluru FC by signing striker Hashmatullah Barikzai and midfielder Ahmad Hatifie. Orok Essien has been released as the player has endured a poor run of form lately.
Their opponents, Bengaluru FC are coming on the back of a defeat in their first away test to East Bengal. Though they weren’t poor per say, failure to convert their chances ultimately came to hurt them.
“We are determined to get back on track. Two away games in four days will be a good test for us and it’s important that the team stays focused and does everything to ensure positive performances, “said Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood on the eve of the game.
“An away game is always a challenge but we have been training well and hope we can swing the result our way against Mumbai FC,” said Sunil Chhetri, the Bengaluru FC striker.
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