The return leg of the ISL 2016 Maharashtra Derby is scheduled for Thursday at the newly introduced Mumbai Football Arena. Apart from the heated local rivalry, what makes this match all the more special is the return of the Bengaluru FC players, fresh after their historic achievements in the AFC Cup 2016.
Sunil Chhetri, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Udanta Singh are all expected to take the field on Thursday. CATCH THE TEAM NEWS AHEAD OF THE MATCH HERE.
Mumbai City FC are currently second in the ISL 2016 points table with 15 points from nine games so far. FC Pune City, meanwhile, are at the seventh position with nine points from eight games. In the first leg fixture, Mumbai City FC prevailed over FC Pune City with a narrow victory.
A defeat for Pune will make it very difficult for Antonio Habas' side to reach the knockouts stage this time around. It is to be noted that the Spanish coach guided Atletico de Kolkata to two back-to-back ISL knockouts over the last two seasons.
"We are going to play a derby and in a derby you never know what is going to happen," mentioned Mumbai City FC coach Alexandre Guimaraes. "The other team, as we know, has had a change in their approach and they know that they cannot lose.
"[As for us] The only thing we think about is the next three points and then we will see all these possibilities of points. We cannot go too much into these possibilities of points right now."
For Habas, staying confident remains the key. "We know Mumbai beat us in the first match in Pune, so we will try to beat them tomorrow. We know it is difficult but we will try," mentioned the Spanish coach.
Head to head record
Mumbai City FC 2-2 FC Pune City; one drawn game
Mumbai City FC vs FC Pune City is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm IST (2.30 pm BST) on November 10.
Where to watch live
India: TV - Star Sports 1/HD1, Star Sports 2/HD2, Star Sports 3/HD3
Star Gold, Star Utsav (Hindi)
Jalsha Movies (Bengali)
Asianet Movies (Malayalam)
Asianet Suvarna Plus (Kannada)
Live streaming - Hotstar.
Europe: TV - Star Gold
Australia, USA: TV - Fox Sports
Canada: TV - CBN, ATN Bangla
Bangladesh: TV - Channel 9
South-East Asia: TV - Eurosport
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