Pune, April 12: Mumbai FC will hope to do the double over Churchill Brothers when they host the defending champions in an I-League Round 25 encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here Sunday.
With only two games remaining this season and both at home, eighth-placed Mumbai FC (25 points) will be keen to make their home advantage count by hoping to improve their position. Moreover, having already beaten Churchill 2-0 in Goa at the start of the season, Mumbai FC will be confident of a similar result.
The visitors come into the game on the back of a four-match winless run in all competitions, something the home side will be keen to capitalise on. However, Mumbai FC will need to be wary of the opponents who are battling relegation and are in desperate need of points.
Churchill Brothers will be banking heavily on striker and top scorer Balwant Singh who has contributed nine of the Goans’ 19 goals this season. Joining him up front will be Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper Anthony Wolfe, who has chipped in with four.
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil has praised the team’s performance in the last two games — coming from behind to beat Shillong Lajong and earning a last minute draw at Dempo SC.
Jamil expects a similar performance against Churchill and wants his team to end the I-League campaign on a high.
Over the years both sides have faced each other 12 times with Churchill boasting six wins compared to Mumbai FC’s two. Thus a win will not only help Mumbai FC complete a double but also improve their overall record.