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I-League 2017: Mumbai FC vs Churchill Brothers Preview - Do or die fixture for Mumbaikars as relegation fear approaches

Goal.com logo Goal.com 07-04-2017

Mumbai FC welcome opponents Churchill Brothers Goa in what could be the most crucial fixture for the bottom placed I-League outfit so far. The international break was the revamp phase for the hosts as they recruited new boss in the name of Oscar Bruzon. The Yellows and Blues played several practice matches during the three week gap to improve their below par form.

As for visitors Churchill Brothers, the Konkan side arrives for the fixture with high spirits following three wins in their last four matches. The team has enhanced under Derrick Pereira and the victories against mighty Kolkata clubs speak for itself.

The two teams are the lone victims of relegation this season as new entrants Minerva Punjab and Chennai City are re safe from being demoted. Pune-based DSK Shivajians are also exempt from relegation on account of a three-year insulation afforded to them when they joined the league.

Thus, the tie on Saturday evening is an important fixture for both teams, specially for the metropolis club, who are now placed in a do-or-die situation.

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Mumbai FC's Oscar Bruzon - If given space, Churchill are very dangerous in counter attacks

Talking about Mumbai, one can expect several changes in the squad which was usually thrown in by former boss Kashyap. Bruzon is likely to deploy Karan Sawhney as a central defensive midfielder and also push Afghan defender Djelaludin Sharityar in the midfield to team up with the Mumbai-born player. Hitesh Sharma, who was often neglected by Kashyap, could come back in the centre of the park and also fulfill the U-22 quota for the Mumbaikars. Mumbai may not have the services of all four foreign players as Brazilian attacker Alex Willian Silva had undergone a calf injury and is doubtful to be a part of Bruzon's starting XI. Reagan Singh could replace Thoi Singh on the flanks as the former Bengaluru FC medio isn't match fit.

Churchill Brothers and Mumbai FC gear up for a crucial six-pointer

As for Churchill Brothers, the Derrick Pereira-led side will see the deadly duo of Anthony Wolfe and Ansumana Kromah test the defensive forces of the team from the commercial capital. The Trinidad and Tobago striker has netted four goals this season whereas Kromah has stuck five goals in just nine games for the Red Machine. Wingers Brandon Fernandes and Chesterpoul Lyngodh have been in great form this season and would actively be involved in the build-up. The 55-year-old gaffer is likely to start with a 4-4-1-1 formation which will see Fulganco Cardozo come in place for Rowilson Rodrigues in the defense as the Majorda-born centre-back has been sidelined following a leg injury.

This will, by far, be the most intense game for the Essel Group-owned side as dropping points will slowly open their door to relegation.

PREDICTED LINE UPS

TEAM NEWS

MUMBAI FC

Injured : Thoi Singh, Alex Willian Silva

Doubtful : None

Suspended : None

Key Players : Djelaludin Sharityar

CHURCHILL BROTHERS GOA

Injured : Rowilson Rodrigues

Doubtful : None

Suspended : None

Key Players : Ansumana Kromah

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