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MFC take on Pune in Maha Derby

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Hosts City FC will be eager to record a crucial win against City in the tomorrow when the two sides face off in the

are currently languishing in seventh place with 17 points after 13 matches and need a win to keep alive their hopes of making it to the last four and qualifying for the play-offs.

On the other hand, the visiting Stallions are comfortably placed second in the table with 25 points after 14 matches and would be equally eager to score a win and boost their chances for the play-offs.

When the two teams met last in in November, the outfit edged out 2-1 and the hosts would thus be eager to avenge that loss and reclaim the bragging rights.

In their last three home games, FC have suffered defeats at the hands of (2-1), Bengaluru FC (3-1) and Blasters (1-0). Thus, the home players would like to erase those memories at the Mumbai Football Arena in the Complex.

Mumbai's defence, especially and Lucian Goian, backed up by an alert in Amrinder Singh needs to be on the alert.

In attack, Balwant Singh, Brazilian and attacking mid-fielders Brazilian Thiago Santos and Cameroonian can breach any good defence on their day and Pune's solid backline this season will be no exception.

Pune have been in good form. Star striker Marcelinho, who has been a top-scorer for his side and also scored the only goal of the match to earn Ranko Popovic's side a vital away win against NorthEast United in their previous fixture, has been in scintillating form recently.

Along with the Brazilian, the visitors also boast an effective line with and to call upon.

Mid-fielders Baljit Sahni Issac, Vanmalsawma, Jonathan Lucca and new recruit have all put in impressive performances so far this season.

While has been firing on all cylinders, their backline of Adil Khan, Gurtej Singh, and along with in-form have proved they are a tough nut to crack.

Spectators can thus expect an action-packed game when the two sides clash.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 14:00 IST