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Hero ISL 2018/19 Preview: Mumbai City FC look to bounce back against NorthEast after two successive defeats

After going on a nine-match unbeaten streak, Mumbai City FC seem to have lost their way, losing their last two matches without even scoring. The Islanders, currently in second, will be looking to shrug-off those disappointments when they go head-to-head against NorthEast United FC in their final home match of the league campaign at the Mumbai Football Arena on Wednesday.

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It has been a tough week for the Islanders, after a 9-game unbeaten run was snapped by FC Goa, Mumbai City FC succumbed to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Jorge Costa’s side have a chance to right a few wrongs and inch closer to the play-offs as they host NorthEast United FC on Wednesday at the Mumbai Football Arena.

In what will be the final league game at the Arena, the Islanders come in needing a win to inch closer to a spot in the semifinals and three points over fellow playoff contenders NorthEast United FC would do a world of good to the Islanders’ chances.

Coming into tomorrow’s crunch tie, Eelco Schattorie’s side have hit a bump in their form too. Coming off the back of a defeat to Bengaluru FC and a home draw against Delhi Dynamos, the Highlanders continue to fight for a spot in the top 4 with the likes of ATK and Jamshedpur FC hot on their tail.

While the visitors are having defensive woes of their own, the attacking trio of Hero ISL’s joint top-scorer Bartholomew Ogbeche, Federico Gallego and January signing Panagiotis Triadis have been a constant threat in the final third of the pitch and will be vital to the Highlanders’ chances on Wednesday.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS:

NorthEast United FC: Pawan Kumar (GK), Reagan Singh, Mato Grgic, Robert Lalthlamuana, Redeem Tlang, Jose Leudo, Rowllin Borges, Federico Gallego, Panagiotis Triadis, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Bartholomew Ogbeche (C).

Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh (GK), Sauvik Chakrabarti, Marko Klisura, Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose, Arnold Issoko, Raynier Fernandes, Milan Singh, Paulo Machado (C), Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos.

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