Shillong Lajong are looking to make it two away wins in a row after beating Dempo SC at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa at the start of the season. Mumbai FC on the other hand are hoping to break their home jinx after picking up only 3 points from 4 home games after 3 consecutive home draws and a defeat to Salgoacar FC.
Shillong Lajong will have a slightly upper hand as they showed great determination and zeal in their previous encounter against United SC at home in which they drew 1-1. There was a lot of good outcome from the game including Seikhohao Tuboi’s impressive all round performance and Cornell Glen finding his name in the score sheet again after a 3 match goal drought. Lajong’s chance of winning this tie will rely on their strike force which has failed to convert a lot of chances but Thangboi Singto’s men will look for three points as they stare a chance at entering the top 4 in the league table. The whole squad travelling to Pune is fit for selection .
Mumbai FC will be unpredictable as they look to bounce back after the 3-1 loss to Salgoacar. Khalid Jamil will look for some sparking attack in his team to break down Lajong’s resilient backline consisting of Minchol Son and Wailadmi Passah. They will have the resources of Indian international Climax Lawrence in the heart of their midfield along with the Afghan international Haroon Amiri who is looking to cement his place as the lynchpin in the team. Expectations are mounting on the team to get their first home win.
Lajong will be hoping for a repeat of the last time these two teams met, in which the match ended in Lajong’s favour as they beat Mumbai FC 2-0 at the J.N. Stadium, Shillong, with Lajong’s current captain Minchol Son also finding the back of the net. The match promises to be exciting and filled with quality from both teams as they will both be looking for their first three points after their unimpressive home performances.
Coach Thangboi Singto said, “We have to play as a team and give our best.”
“The team has gained confidence and momentum after getting a point against a good team like United SC.”
He concluded by saying, “The team appreciates the undying support of the fans and we hope that they will continue to support us in good and hard times.”
Mumbai FC have only one win and are sitting in 6th position in the table with 8points from 5 games while Shillong Lajong are in 8th position with 5 points from 5 games.