On Tuesday, FC Goa will play hosts to Mumbai City FC in the return match of the semi-final play-offs at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda. Having handed out a 5-1 drubbing to Mumbai City in the first leg of the semi-final, FC Goa is sitting pretty and almost assured of playing in the final. The best that Mumbai City can do is to try and win this match which will give them a morale boost ahead of the Super Cup.
FC Goa has put twelve balls past the Mumbai City custodian and into the back of the net in the three games that the two teams have played this season. In the first leg of the semi-final, the Goan team looked a bit tentative during the first quarter when they allowed Mumbai City to take the lead. After that, all hell broke loose. Jackichand scored the first goal. Thereafter, Corominas, Mourtada Fall and Brandon Fernandes scored the goals giving FC Goa a 5-1 victory. Sergio Lobera is not likely to make changes to his starting eleven. Hugo Boumos and Zaid Crouch may come on as substitutes in the last quarter.
Mumbai City made a good start in the first leg at home when Rafael Bastos scored off an Arnold Issoko feed after a typical Mumbai City counter-attack. But then Mumbai backed off after that. FC Goa patiently held the ball and waited for an opportunity to attack and found that their forwards could breach the Mumbai City defence at will. Modou Sougou and Arnold Issoko will have to do better in the attack. Jorge Costa will look to close the gaps in his defence and tell his boys to attack from the flank on the counter which is how Mumbai City play.
Head to head
Of the eleven matches that the two teams have played against each other FC Goa has won five while Mumbai City has won three. But FC Goa has put 12 goals past the Mumbai City defence this season n the three matches between them.
Current form of the two teams
FC Goa has won four of the last six games they have played while losing one and drawing one. Other than the match that they lost to Bengaluru FC, they have let in only one goal while scoring 12 goals in five of those matches. On the other hand, Mumbai City has lost five of their last six games and won only one match.
FC Goa is certainly in the driver's seat taking a five away goal advantage in the first leg of the semifinal. But Sergio Lobera will in no way want to slow down. Mumbai City will be more cautious in their approach and will want to go away with a win. But given FC Goa's form, it will be a tough job for the Mumbai City defenders. I will side with FC Goa to win this second leg of the match also.
Score: FC Goa 2-1 Mumbai City FC