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Resurgent Kerala have tough task on hand against Mumbai

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Gathering some momentum following a 3-0 drubbing of bottom-placed Dynamos, the resurgent Blasters FC have their task cut out when they take on City FC in the game here tomorrow.

The visitors, who have changed their recently with Englishman taking over from Rene M who departed after the 1-3 humiliation against FC, will require to do something extraordinary to tame MCFC in their home environs.

Kerala's in the league was given a shot in the arm in the national capital thanks to veteran Canadian Iain Humes goal-scoring skills with a timely hat-trick.

However, Mumbais defense is much more solid with a back-line comprising defenders and backed up by the alert goalkeeping of Amrinder Singh.

A victory for the visitors against Mumbai, a tough ask after they stopped their winless seven-game run against Delhi, will boost Kerala's tally to 14 and bring them level on points with the hosts.

The visitors will be eagerly awaiting the status of Bulgarian following his against on January 10 but have in Mark Sifneos, with three goals under his belt, the man to plug the gap.

C K Vineeth has also returned after his red-card suspension and will be eager to show his attacking worth against the strong defense.

Two other players one from either outfit have been booked thrice and defender of Blasters and Abinash Ruidas of will need to be extra careful not to pick up their fourth yellow card and face suspension from their teams following game.

Mumbai have had a lengthy rest period as compared to the visitors, having previously played on January 5 in a 2-2 away draw with FC, and this should also be a major advantage to the hosts.

The previous home game for Mumbai was on December 29 when they hammered the hapless 4-0 but also lost the services of Sehnaj Singh in the ill-tempered game through a red-card suspension before half time. Mehrajuddin Wadoo replaced Sehnaj against

Balwant Singh, with five strikes, and Brazilian Thiago Santos (4 goals) have been the home teams main goal-getters but they have others too such as the highly impressive attacking mid-fielders Cameroonian and Brazilian also for getting into the score-sheet.

With a fine attacking line-up and equally impressive defensive skills, the Alexandre Guimaraes-managed Mumbai look hard to beat in their citadel the in suburban Andheri and will need to bring on all their to vanquish them in their home den.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 09:40 IST