After the winning run was halted for the Islanders less than a week ago, Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City are back in the thick of things. Up next for the boys is a trip to the Tilak Maidan to face a rejuvenated SC East Bengal on Friday, January 22.
The reverse round of fixtures started on a tough note for the Islanders who ran into a well set-up Hyderabad FC and mustered a point from a thrilling encounter at the Bambolim. In a night of missed chances for both sides, the Islanders could count on the skipper Amrinder Singh who pulled off two stunning saves to keep the Nizams at bay and helped Mumbai City towards a draw that helped set a new club record for an unbeaten run, now reading at 10 games.
Robbie Fowler’s SC East Bengal come into tomorrow’s clash on a strong unbeaten run of their own, having not tasted defeat in seven successive games. The Red and Gold brigade are a fresh of breath air compared to their form from the first half of the campaign and have shown tremendous improvement. A testament to their renewed spirit are the results they have mustered playing with 10 men on several occasions, most recently a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters.
Sergio Lobera was careful to point out that tomorrow’s meeting against SC East Bengal will be nothing like their last but the Spaniard was wary of the fact that his side need to right a few wrongs from this past weekend and return to winning ways.
Sergio Lobera has confirmed that Hugo Boumous along with the entire squad is fit and available for selection.
Ajay Chhetri will not feature for Robbie Fowler’s SC East Bengal after picking up a red card. Raju Gaikwad, the former Islander who suffered a calf injury, is expected to return to the fold.
Who Said What:
Sergio Lobera: SC East Bengal are now a completely different team from the last time we played them. They have improved a lot, it's difficult to find spaces in their half and it's tough to defend some of their players.
Vikram Partap Singh: It is a motivating factor for me (scoring against East Bengal twice last season), which makes me believe that if I get a chance tomorrow, I can do it.
Where to watch it
The game will kick off at 7.30pm IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar, and Jio TV for all viewers in India. For our global fans, you can find your local broadcaster here or follow all the action LIVE on our official Twitter account - @MumbaiCityFC.
18 Jan: Chennaiyin FC 0-0 SC East Bengal
19 Jan: Hyderabad FC 1-1 Odisha FC (Narzary 13’; Alexander 51’)
20 Jan: Kerala Blasters 2-1 Bengaluru FC (Puitea 73’, Rahul 90’; Cleiton 24’)
Fixtures coming up:
21 Jan: ATK Mohun Bagan vs Chennayin FC (Fatorda, 7.30pm)
22 Jan: SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City (Tilak Maidan; 7.30pm)
23 Jan: Kerala Blasters vs FC Goa (GMC Bambolim, 7.30pm)