MUMBAI CITY FC
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
12th November, 19:00 IST
Match thirty of the Hero Indian Super League witnesses a vital clash between Kerala Blasters and Mumbai City FC. The match will be played out at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. The home matches for the Kerala have poured in late, but the crowd in the southernmost state of the country has lived up to the expectations. Both the teams are slotted in the occupying the middle of the table and are flirting with the semi final spots. A win here for both the sides will tank up the boost, without a doubt.
Team News and Tactical Brief:
Kerala Blasters FC
David James/Trevor Morgan mentored side are currently sitting at the sixth position in the league table after a insipid goalless draw against a struggling Delhi Dynamos in their last home match. With only five goals up their sleeve, the team in yellow has clearly struggled to hit the back of the net. David James and his management team need to take some tough decisions around the team selection.
James is expected to start himself as the custodian, with French center half Cedric Hengbart marshaling the defence. Sandesh Jhingan has been exemplary so far accompanied with immaculate timing of tackles. He is a sure shot starter alongside Hengbart. Saumilk Dey is expected to overlap the left flank in sync with Jammu and Kashmir captain Ishfaq Ahmed. The same is expected to be done by India international Nirmal Chettri and local lad A. Bag.
Trevor Morgan has developed a knack of using Milagres Gonsalves and Pedro from the bench, in order to spark things upfront. Former Celtic lad Stuart Pearson, alongside Penn Orji will once again be the main orchestrators from middle- feeding and breaking the opposition moves. Canadian Ian Hume will once again shoulder the responsibility of striking alongside former East Bengal striker Andrew Barisic. Both the strikers have looked lively, especially in the last game, but have failed to deliver that final touch.
The Sachin Tendulkar owned team has lost only once in the last five games, are unbeaten at home and the Yellow brigade will be looking to maintain the same.
Probable Starting XI (4-4-2): David James, Sandesh Jhingan, Cedric Hengbart, Nirmal Chettri, Saumik Dey, Stephen Pearson, Penn Orji, Avinabo Bag, Ishfaq Ahmed, Iain Hume, Andrew Barisic
Mumbai City FC
Peter Reid’s side has been up on the resurgence scale in the league, with two solid wins in their last three games. The Maharashtra sides’ eighth match of the league sees them travel further south. After showcasing a robust defensive display in Goa, Reid would be hoping that his side goes a step further and clinches all three points in Kochi.
Indian Goalkeeper Subrata Pal is expected to start his eighth consecutive match. Former Borussia Dortmund defender M. Friedrich will once again be looked up to marshall the defence alogside ever impressive Cmovs. Deepak Mondal will take up his customary right back position with Reid having to choose between Nabi or Costa for the left back spot.
J. Stohanzl and J. Letzelter have formed a fromidable partnership in the middle, attested by the fact that both the players initiated the moves which resulted in victories in the last two matches. Indian international Lalrindika Ralte or N. Bhutia could once again be interchanged on the left flank, basically to use the best of the young lads without compromising with pace. right flank is owned by Subhash Singh.
Without a doubt ( barring some last minute injury ) – Nikola Anelka will start in front- alongside Mortiz. Both the strikers are in red hot form and will be looking to slot in some early strikes in Kochi tomorrow.
Probable Starting XI (4-4-1-1) : Subrata Paul , Deepak Mondal , Syed Nabi , Pavel Cmovs , Manuel Friedrich , Lalrindike Ralte , Subhash Singh , Jan Stohanzl , Johan Letzelter , Andre Moritz and Nicolas Anelka .
Kerala FC 0-1 Mumbai City FC
The side from Kerala did not have a Plan B against Delhi Dynamos, and with a lot of reliability on Ian Hume to land goals. Their guests on the day have been hitting the net, and the Mumbai attack force could turn out to be good enough to clinch all three points.