Match Preview: Mumbai City Vs NorthEast United
Mumbai City FC will be eager to get the better of NorthEast United FC when the two sides clash at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday. NorthEast is the only side to beat Mumbai City this campaign having edged the Islanders 1-0 in both sides’ season opener. However, beating Mumbai City for a second time won’t be easy, especially when you consider how the Islanders have gone on since that defeat.
Unbeaten in 12 games ever since the defeat to NorthEast, Mumbai City, with a win or draw on Saturday, can become the first team in league history to have gone unbeaten for 13 successive games. Defensively sound and sharp in attack, the Islanders have conceded five times – the least by a team in the league – and found the back of the net 19 times over the course of the campaign.
Sergio Lobera’s men tend to score most of their goals in the first half having netted 12 of their 19 goals in the opening period of contests. They will be hoping for another strong start against the Highlanders as they look to make amends for their only loss of the season. A well-drilled outfit, Mumbai City are very dangerous from set-pieces and have scored 12 times from such situations – the most by any side in the league. Their defence is also difficult to breach as their eight clean sheets so far suggest.
NorthEast, on the other hand, will be confident in their ability to go toe-to-toe with Mumbai City after a run of good results. They head into the game on the back of a three-match unbeaten run that’s seen them win both their previous two games.