ISL: Mumbai, NorthEast United lock horns to boost playoff hopes

Mumbai: After two back-to-back defeats, Mumbai Metropolis FC could be eager to get again to profitable methods once they conflict with an equally sturdy North East United FC in an Indian Tremendous League encounter right here on Wednesday.

Mumbai's unbeaten run of 9 video games ended once they suffered a 2-Zero loss in opposition to FC Goa right here on the Mumbai Soccer Area of their earlier residence recreation.

The following 'away' outing in opposition to Jamshedpur FC additionally proved to be a humid squib as they misplaced 1-Zero.

Mumbai coach Jorge Costa could be eyeing to seize three essential factors from this recreation.

At current, after 15 video games, Mumbai are within the second spot within the standings with 27 factors, simply behind league leaders Bengaluru FC (31 factors).

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North East United FC are within the fourth place with 24 factors from 15 video games and a win would improve their possibilities of reaching the playoffs.

For the hosts, their greatest guess could be Senegalese medio Modou Sougou, who has 9 objectives to his title thus far.

He has shaped a deadly mixture with Congo striker Arnold Issoko, who has 5 assists to his title.

Sougou, who did not create his magic in opposition to Goa, might be desirous to do one thing particular this time round.

The hosts even have Brazilian striker Rafael Bastos. His rapport with each Issoko and Sougou has additionally been good.

If the trio hearth in unison, the opposition defenders will come below extreme stress.

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Mumbai even have a robust midfield manned by Sougou, Paulo Machado and Matias Mirabaje.

In addition they have a robust defence, however want to tug up their socks and work on their weak point which was throughly uncovered by Goa.

Skilled Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh was examined severely within the recreation in opposition to Goa and he let in two objectives. He could be anxious to place up a greater present.

However that might be an arduous process because the guests have French striker Bartholomew Ogbeche, who’s the main aim scorer within the season with 11 strikes, to financial institution on.

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Other than Ogbeche, different North East strikers are Girik Khosla, Juan Mascia and Kivi Zhimomi.

The North East workforce even have a robust hyperlink line manned by the likes of Rowlin Borges, Uruguayan Federico Gallego and Colombian Jose Leudo.

The guests will depend on Gurvinder Singh, Shouvik Ghosh and Croatian Mislav Komorski, in deep defence, other than custodian Rehenesh T P.

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