New Delhi: Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City will be engrossed in an exciting battle in match No. 36 on Tuesday in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2015 at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Mumbai lie sixth in the table and a win could see them move higher in the table and equal points with Delhi Dynamos. Mumbai will be wary of a strong FC Pune City side who are playing really well and have the chance to go atop the table.
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A much-needed performance is required by the hosts, to stop Pune City from making inroads in the Maharashtra derby.
The DY Patil stadium here is expected to be packed with large amount of supporters given both cities are pretty near by. Derby-day show will expect fans in a frenzy and that will bring a lot out of the players.
The last time these two sides met, Mumbai were beaten 1-3 by Pune.
We look at two players who could be essential for both sides.
Frederic Piquionne (Mumbai FC): The 36-year-old Frenchman is pivotal for Mumbai in the forward line. With Sunil Chhetri missing the tie, Frederic has more responsibilities upfront. He has scored three goals for Mumbai this season and has played a big role in holing up the ball in the opposition half. His link-up and setting the play for wingers will be of big help for the hosts.
Lenny Rodrigues (FC Pune): Lenny Rodrigues has been an important player in the Stallions squad and his rise in stature has been visible this season. The defensive midfielder has impressed with his tackles and has a total of 29 to his name. Lenny is instrumental in setting up play from deep down the midfield. His interceptions too has been pivotal for Pune in centre of the pitch.