Match Preview: NorthEast United FC V Mumbai City FC
Reinvigorated. Over the last two weeks, the Islanders’ campaign has taken a positive turn. After a comfortable 2-0 win at home against Delhi, Jorge Costa’s boys put up a gritty show away to Chennai, coming back with a 1-0 win and more importantly, three crucial points.
Mumbai City FC stay on the road, making the long trip to Guwahati to face a high-flying NorthEast United FC here at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Friday at 7.30pm. Eelco Schattorie’s Highlanders have made the best start to an ISL season in their history, sitting in 3rd place with 11 points in 5 games.
The one man who has been making all the noise for the home side is new signing, Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche. The experienced hitman sits joint at the top of the golden boot race with 6 goals already and has been an influential figure along with Uruguayan attacking midfielder Federico Gallego.
Jorge Costa, in his pre-match press conference, acknowledged that the Islanders will have their task cut out if they have to get a win in this fixture for the third year running and go home with 3 vital points going into the international break.
Where to watch it:
The game will kick off at 7.30pm IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network, Hotstar and Jio TV for all viewers in India. For our global fans, you can also follow live action on our official Twitter account  - @MumbaiCityFC.
There has been no major team news for the Islanders over the past week, as Mumbai City FC come into this clash with no injury concerns or suspensions.
For the home side, head coach Schattorie will have selection headaches in the heart of his defence with centre back Mislav Komorski’s suspension extended to one more game and his partner Gurwinder Singh out injured.
Who said what:
Jorge Costa: It will be 11 vs 11 tomorrow, a level playing field. I am confident about the abilities of my players and I hope we can take home the three points.
Sanju Pradhan: NorthEast United will possess a strong challenge, especially in their home. They are a good team but we want to keep our winning run going.
Sehnaj Singh: Winning the last two games have helped us gain a lot of confidence. And a win tomorrow can go a long way in determining where we finish.
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10 Nov: ATK vs FC Pune City (VYBK, Kolkata 7.30pm)
11 Nov: Kerala Blasters FC vs FC Goa (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi 7.30pm)