With just nine games - three home and six away to go, I-League topper Bengaluru FC enters into the crucial period of the season when they take on Mumbai FC at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Sunday, 4 PM.
Bengaluru FC realize they cannot afford a slip up in their quest for what would be a stunning debut season as just two points separate second-placed Sporting Clube de Goa from the Blues.
The steel men would be keen to settle scores after a heated away leg saw Ashley Westwood’s boys concede from the last kick of the game that ended 2-2 in Pune.
Gaffer Ashley Westwood is not taking Mumbai FC, which is lying low at tenth in points table lightly, “Any side at the bottom will always be a dangerous proposition. We never take anything for granted. This game will be as tough as it gets,” said at the pre-game press conference.
Asked if playing six of the remaining nine games away from home could be a hurdle for the Blues, Westwood begged to differ. “You play a complete season league as per the schedule and it’s the first half and the second half of the League put together that decides a champion.
A key absentee for the Blues would be skipper Sunil Chhetri who misses the game with a suspension and Robin Singh, in all likelihood, should start ahead with Sean Rooney and Beikhokhei Beingaichho.
They have a doubtful starter in skipper Climax Lawrence who is suffering from an eye infection impacting his visibility.