The Yellow Army is looking to end their poor record against Mumbai City FC in Hero Indian Super League. Kerala Blasters haven’t been sound against the Islanders in the past, Kibu will be hoping to put an end to it when they face each other on Wednesday.
Kerala Blasters are currently in the bottom half of the table in league standings. Kibu Vicuna was unfortunate to lose out on the victory against ATK Mohun Bagan in their last outing. The Spanish coach will be wanting to forget the last game and go fresh in to this contest against Lobera.
While, Lobera also suffered an unexpected loss against Khalid Jamil’s Northeast United, which is their second defeat of the season. Also, two straight defeats for Mumbai City FC has been against the club from Northeast. Lobera will be looking to bounce back and get back to winning ways.
When and where?
Kerala Blasters will host Mumbai City FC at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim in the Hero Indian Super League fixture on February 3rd (07:30 PM IST).
Team News and Expected Line-up
Kerala Blasters FC
Kibu Vicuna’s side has a worry on their Argentine attacker Facundo Pereyra, who is still yet to recover from the injury. The Argentine will be doubtful to play against the Islanders on Wednesday.
While, Nishu Kumar is also in the injury list but, the full-back is expected to be available for the upcoming fixture of Blasters. Gary Hooper and Jordan Murray is expected to link-up in front similar to last game.
Expected Line-up: Albino Gomes; Sandeep Singh, Kone, Costa, Jessel Carneiro; Jeakson Singh, Vincente Gomez; Rahul KP, Sahal Abdul Samad, Gary Hooper; Jordan Murray
Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC doesn’t have much worries in their injury list. Sergio Lobera is expected to field the same side similar to last game with Ogbeche in the starting eleven.
However, Sarthak Golui and Sourav Das won’t be in the match day squad for the Islanders, who left to SC East Bengal on the deadline day of January transfer window.
Expected Line-up: Amrinder Singh; Amey Ranawade, M. Fall, Hernan Santana, Mandar Desai; Raynier Fernandes, Ahmed Jahouh; Jackichand Singh, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh; Bartholomew Ogbeche
Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City: Head-to-head stats
Kerala Blasters has always struggled against the Islanders in Indian Super League. The yellow army have suffered three defeats and two draws in their last five meetings with Mumbai City FC.
The reverse fixture saw Mumbai City FC winning comfortably with 2-0 scoreline against Kerala Blasters courtesy of first-half goals from Adam Le Fondre and Hugo Boumous.
Final Scoreline Prediction
Mumbai City FC is expected to bounce back and win the contest against Kerala Blasters on Wednesday. While, Kerala Blasters will be hoping to sit back and attack on counters. The final scoreline might read 1-2 in favor of Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City FC.