Mumbai City FC gear up for Delhi challenge
Having returned to winning ways, Mumbai City FC would look to continue the momentum when they lock horns with the consistent Delhi Dynamos in an Indian Super League match at the D Y Patil Stadium on Wednesday.
Both sides have registered six points in the five games they have played and it promises to be an evenly-matched contest.
The Ranbir Kapoor co-owned Mumbai recovered from back-to-back defeats to pip Kerala Blasters 1-0 and would look to continue in the same vein against the Delhi outfit to add another three points to their kitty.
Mumbai would look to have another win under their belt before travelling to Goa and Kerala.
Having defended well in the previous game, the hosts would rely on Pavel Cmvos, Manuel Fredrich and skipper Syed Rahim Nabi to man the fort.
The home side has been guilty of conceding 10 goals so far and the defenders would have to step up their game to keep the Delhi strikers at bay.
Mumbai has been jolted with the absence of their marquee player Fredrik Ljungberg, who is nursing a hamstring injury but Nicolas Anelka’s stunning display other night would have provided the much needed fillip to the struggling outfit.
The French striker showed his class against the Kerala Blasters with a splendid free-kick and the former Manchester City player would have Brazilian Andre Moritz and Subash Singh to partner him at the front.
On the other hand, the Delhi Dynamos would look to bounce back after tasting defeat for the first time against FC Goa and look to register a win in their away game.
The Alessandro Del Piero-led side had three draws and a win before losing to the Goan franchise 2-1.
Coach Harm van Veldhoven’s side prides itself in playing attacking football and the visitors would look to breach Mumbai’s somewhat lax defence.
Barring the game against Chennaiyin FC, where they scored 4 goals, the Delhi side hasn’t managed to slot the ball home more often with just 2 goals in their other games and would look to change that against Mumbai.
The midfield trio of Hans Mulder, Bruno Herrero and Steven Dias has done a commendable job by controlling the park for Del Piero, Shylo Malswamtluanga and Mads Junker to look for goals, while Brazilian Gustavo Dos Santos would also be a key figure to watch out for.
Italian legend Del Piero is yet to stamp his class having failed to register a goal so far and the Dynamos would be hoping for the 39-year old to display some magic.