Mumbai City vs. FC Goa Preview: Hello, Old Friend!

It’s strange sometimes when you meet a friend after a long time. With time, people change and that of is the nature of the world. The familiar feeling awaits FC Goa when they take on Mumbai City FC on Friday at the Mumbai Football Arena.

If we were to give a good example for the word ‘red hot’, Mumbai City FC should be apt. The Islanders are inarguably the most in-form team in the Indian Super League at the moment, having gone nine games unbeaten.

Their last defeat? A 5-0 humiliation at the hands of FC Goa, the team they are set to face on Friday; this time on their home turf. The Men in Blue will certainly look to set the records straight as the Gaurs look to secure their first double of the season.

FC Goa themselves will be looking for their first win since the commencement of the second phase after being held to a goalless draw by Jamshedpur FC on Monday. A brilliant night out for Subrata Pal in the Jamshedpur goal denied Goa all three points on the night.

With the Gaurs’ wheels set in motion, they will look to take back all three points when they face Mumbai.

Gaffer’s call

Speaking on Goa’s win over Mumbai earlier this season, Jesus Tato, FC Goa’s assistant stated at the pre-match press conference, “I don’t consider any games in the ISL as easy. The same goes for our win against Mumbai. Since the defeat in Goa they have come back really well and built up great momentum.

“They have everything going for them and they beat Bengaluru FC recently, which shows their quality. And if we are not at our best, it will be a really tough game for us.”

Further speaking on the race for the playoffs, Tato added, “It is true we are right at the edge as far as the playoff picture is concerned. There are a few teams who are pushing hard. It will be tough, but we believe in our players and in our abilities.”

Stats and facts

  • Games played between the sides - 9
  • Game won by Goa – 3
  • Games won by Mumbai – 3
  • Goa’s 5-0 wins over Mumbai earlier this year was their second win by a margin of five goals or more over Mumbai.
  • Goa’s 7-0 win over Mumbai in ISL 2015 remains the biggest margin of victory in league history
  • The 7-0 win over Mumbai is the only game in league history when two players from the same side scored hat-tricks
  • There have been three scoreless draws between the sides so far