Mumbai: Mumbai City FC will face Odisha FC in the former’s first home game of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2019-20 season at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.
Mumbai City started the season with two away games in a row against Kerala Blasters FC and Chennaiyin FC. They managed to take all three points in Kochi before getting a draw in Chennai.
Mumbai will fancy their chances against Odisha FC who are still searching for their first win of the season after two close defeats.
Jorge Costa’s Mumbai City FC are known to sit back and absorb pressure as they look to hit teams on the break. While Costa does not put much emphasis on possession-based football, Josep Gombau’s Odisha FC are very much comfortable on the ball and like to hog possession.
Odisha FC have conceded winners in the final 10 minutes in both their matches so far, something which Gombau and his team need to work upon. The task has not been made easy by the absence of Carlos Delgado who was sent off in their match against NorthEast United FC.
Mumbai are likely to miss the services of defender Mato Grgic and the coach may have to again field an all-Indian back-line which kept a clean-sheet against Chennaiyin FC.