New Delhi: The match number 11 of Indian Super League 2017-18 will see FC Pune City hosting Mumbai City FC at the Balewadi Sports Complex. The match will take place on November 29, at it will start at 8 pm IST. FC Pune City vs Mumbai City FC will be telecast on the Star Sports network, while the live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
It’s the Maharashtra derby as FC Pune City and Mumbai City FC will resume their rivalry on Wednesday following identical starts to the ISL season 4. Both teams lost their opening games, with Mumbai going down 0-2 to Bengaluru FC and Pune tasting a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Delhi Dynamos.
The Maharashtra clubs hit back with victories, with Pune especially impressive in their 4-1 demolition of ATK in Kolkata.
Pune coach Ranko Popovic said he was disappointed that his team couldn’t win their first game at home but at the same time, he was incredibly pleased with their showing against the defending champions.
On the other hand, Mumbai’s Alexandre Guimaraes will have to be cautious of the attacking threats of Pune City, especially Emiliano Alfaro and Marcelinho, who have both got two strikes each already.
The Chilean acknowledged Pune’s attacking prowess and hinted that his players will be careful on match day. Guimarães has been a master at organising his team in a tight formation but admitted that like most other managers, he is also trying to find “the right mix” in his team going forward into the season.
Mumbai will not be able to take comfort in another home game since they travel to Kerala next while Pune can hope to capture the imagination of their fans with back-to-back matches at Balewadi.
Points from these two games will only consolidate their position in the top four as Pune already sit pretty in second position. (With IANS inputs)