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ISL: Jamshedpur FC faces Mumbai City, eyes top four

Press Trust of India  |  Jamshedpur 

FC will look to break into the top four with a superlative performance when they clash with City FC in an fixture here on Friday.

The race for a semi-final spot has reached a critical stage and FC know they have to stitch a winning run, starting with their clash against

The Men of Steel are currently fifth on the table (20 points) and are three points off the fourth spot.

With just four games left to play in the league, FC cannot afford to drop points and lose ground in the race for the play-offs.

"In the last three matches, we lost 2-1 against ATK, had a draw against FC Goa and won against Delhi Dynamos. We have only conceded three goals in these games so I don't think the defence is an issue," said Cesar Ferrando, whose side has won only one of their last five matches.

"We should cut out those counter-attacks earlier, but I don't think you can blame the defence for that."

The absence of star forward and to and and to suspensions cause problems for Jamshedpur. But the fact they have not lost to City at all in ISL so far will give them confidence.

"Tim Cahill's is a big problem for us. Losing to a ban is a blow too since he was playing very well, so is losing A who can beat his man is very important and that is why losing Soosairaj is a big blow for us," said Ferrando.

Jamshedpur FC will need to be wary of Mumbai's counter-attacking strategy though. The Islanders do not mind giving the majority of the possession to their opponents and prefer hitting teams on the counter.

The pace of their forward line which consists of the likes of Arnold Issoko, and has been utilised to deadly effect by - something that Ferrando needs to be cautious about.

However, Sougou did not start Mumbai's last match due to a hamstring injury, though he has travelled to Jamshedpur.

"After tomorrow, we will only have three games to play till the end. Both teams will be under heavy pressure but it is our job to handle the pressure. The pressure will be more on Jamshedpur since we are already in a top-four position while they are trying to come up in the table," said Costa.

Mumbai are looking to breach the psychological 30-point barrier with a win and inch to within a point of league leaders Bengaluru FC. Expect to be cautious and prudent in the way they approach this game.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 18:50 IST