ISL 2017, Match 8: Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa, Predicted XI
We take a look at how the two sides could line-up in this West Coast Derby
Mumbai City FC are set to welcome the high flying FC Goa for their first home game of ISL 2017 tonight. Mumbai boss Alexandre Guimaraes will definitely look show the Islanders' strength at home like last season and take home all three points against the Gaurs.
Mumbai City FC had a night to forget in their first game against Bengaluru FC, where they were completely ineffective in both attack and defence. Mumbai would surely look for a fresh start at home and give their fans some celebratory moments.
On the other hand, FC Goa registered their first away win in ISL 2017 by defeating the season 2 champions Chennaiyin FC 3-2. They had a game of two halves as they scored 3 goals in the first half and conceded two in the second. The Goan boss Sergio Lobera will surely look to register the 2nd back-to-back win tonight.
Let’s take a look at what both sides have to offer in their second game of the ISL 2017.
Mumbai City FC
Guimaraes had some injury concerns during their first game, where he had to replace the Brazilian midfielder Leo Costa right after 15 minutes and Indian striker Balwant was also not available due to injury. With all these players available for selection, we can surely expect a couple of changes into the side from last game.
Mumbai started their first game without a designated forward and attempted just one shot in the entire match. With Balwant Singh available for the game, Sahil Tavora will have to make way for him, while Everton Santos will have to take the role of an attacking midfielder. The Spanish coach is expected to continue his preferred formation of 4-2-3-1.
Mumbai City FC Probable Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Amrinder; Goian, Vieira, Rozario, Raju; Costa, Sehnaj; Sanju, Santos, Ruidas; Balwant.
The Spaniard coach Sergio Lobera seems to be quite happy with the performance of his team in their first away fixture in Chennai and promised to deliver similar performance tonight against the Mumbai City FC.
He is expected to play with a similar eleven from last game with a 4-3-3 formation, which can easily transform into 4-2-3-1. However, the defence needs to show some discipline and avoid set-piece situation as Mumbai can be dangerous with dead ball in the presence of Leo Costa.
FC Goa Probable Starting XI (4-3-3): Kattimani; Benny, Pinheiro, Ali, Das; Bedia, Ahmed, Lanzarote; Mandar, Corominas, Brandon Fernandes.
Mumbai City FC 0-1 FC Goa
FC Goa will surely look to continue their attacking game and break the strong defensive wall of Mumbai City FC. We are expecting FC Goa to win their second game on the trot and take home all the three points.