SPO-ISL-LD MUMBAI-PREVIEW

Mumbai aims to continue the winning streak while facing ATK

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Mumbai, January 3 () The Mumbai City FC hosts would aim to continue their unbeaten streak, but they are likely to face their toughest challenge when they play ATK FC in an Indian Super League game on Saturday.

Mumbai recorded his first home victory against the lagging Hyderabad FC (2-1) when the two sides met at the Mumbai Football Arena last Sunday, with Modou Sougou scoring an orthopedic device.

The team managed by Jorge Costa is undefeated in the last six games and would take confidence in his victory against Hyderabad.

Currently, the hosts are fourth in the points table, while their ATK opponents are comfortably placed in second place with 18 points.

The winning side will get three points.

All eyes would be on Sougou, who finally delivered his coach and broke his goalless period.

If he shoots on all cylinders, it will be difficult for the ATK defense.

In addition to Sougou, it would be interesting to see if his main goal scorer, Amine Chermiti (four goals), in the match against Hyderabad when he came from an injury, returns or not.

Mumbai's key middle fielder, Paulo Machado, is out throughout the season due to an injury.

In his absence, others like Diego Carlos, the Gabonese Serge Angoue, Mohamed Larbi, Mohammed Rafique, Rowllin Borges and Raynier Fernandes will have to step forward and comply.

Carlos had a good start against Hyderabad and would like to continue it.

Mumbai, however, needs to improve his defense.

His goalkeeper Amridner Singh conceded a goal in his last game, but saved many.

In the 10 games he has played, Singh only has two clean chips, a concern for team management.

Costa said they were prepared for any situation.

It is not the first time we play against them. Yes, it is true that it is different when the opposing team has a different system. Also, they don't play every game with three behind, sometimes they play with four.

So, we must be prepared for both situations and we are, he said.

On the other hand, ATK is coming to the contest after beating defending champions Bengaluru FC 1-0 in Kolkata.

Visitors have strong strikers such as Balwant Singh, Edu Garcia, David Williams and Roy Krishna, who can challenge any defense and Mumbai would not be the exception in his day.

In fact, Krishna has eight goals to his name this season, while Williams has five and Garcia has three.

ATK defenders such as Anas Edathodika, Pritam Kotal, Ankit Mukherjee, among others, will be in charge of the line and would have to be alert to thwart Mumbai's attack.

Your custodian Arindam Bhattacharja, who has five clean sheets in his name, would be interested in adding one more to the list.

ATK Habas coach described Mumbai as a talented opposition.

I think Mumbai City is a very talented opponent. They play in a way in which it is possible to create problems in defense because they have good strikers, good ends and are strong in defense. But I think we have to take advantage of our opportunities to win three points, Habas said, adding that they will miss the services of their defender, Agust Garcia, who is injured. NRB ARU KRK KRK

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