Mohammedan need all three points and have to then hope for Churchill to drop points if they wish to avoid relegation...
Mumbai FC lock horns with Mohammedan Sporting in the last game week of this exciting I-League campaign at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.
Khalid Jamil's side are going into this game with nothing to lose after securing safety in this years I-league campaign with an impressive 4-2 victory over Churchill Brothers.
Mumbai FC’s home record has been very poor this season with the win against Churchill only their second at home throughout the season. A win in this game would take them above Pune FC who play on Monday against Dempo SC.
Yusif Yakubu is the man to watch out for after an impressive hat-trick in the last game that saw Mumbai FC through. His experience and an eye for goal will be something Mohammedan will have to combat.
Mohammedan on the other hand have to win this game in order to have any hopes of survival. A draw would also mean that they will be relegated due to Churchill’s better head-to-head record if they lose in their final game. Mohammedan have 21 points as compared to Churchill’s 22 points.
While the Black and Whites did manage to gain all three points against Rangdajied United, the dismissal of their goalkeeper in the last match against Shillong Lajong saw them lose out 4-5 in spite of showing spirit with ten men.
Josimar Martins was indeed among the goals, with 13 goals to his name, just one behind the league’s top scorer Sunil Chhetri and Cornell Glenn but indifferent performances have also been a part of his career. However the grit that they displayed against Lajong, if they do manage to replicate it against Mumbai they can well gain three points.
Mohammedan have everything to play for in their final game. A win combined with Churchill losing in their game against Salgaocar on Monday will keep them safe and ensure progress into next year’s I-League otherwise it’s curtains for the side.
"Nowhere in any other league in the world do we come across two bottom-ranked teams playing on separate days. Maybe our national federation officials are more worthy and understand things better than others," said coach Sanjoy Sen who wanted Churchill Brothers also to play on Sunday instead of Monday when they take on Salgaocar FC.
Mumbai however have little to play for besides overturning the defeat they had faced in Kolkata.
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