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Kerala Blasters seek first win against Mumbai City

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KOCHI, Dec 2: After two successive draws, Kerala Blasters would hope to be third time lucky at home when they face Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here tomorrow.

Kerala Blasters are one of the three teams to have not registered a win in the fourth season of ISL, and will face a side who have suffered a Maharashtra derby defeat.

Mumbai City FC will play the Blasters on the back of a narrow 1-2 loss against FC Pune City, but will take heart from the fact that their tomorrow�s opponents have not even scored a goal in two games yet.

Kerala Blasters have already hosted Jamshedpur FC and ATK at home, and will want to notch a win before they travel to Goa for their first away match of the season on December 9.

The Yellow Army�s coach hinted that former Manchester United defender Wes Brown will be eased into the side rather than start a game due to the fine form of centre-back pairing Sandesh Jhingan and Nemanja Lakic-Pesic.

He also said that not just the fans but everyone who was part of the team was wondering who will score the first Blasters goal this season.

�The first thing is to not let the issue get bigger than it is. We are still in the process of developing as a side. We were better in the second game than the first and we are keeping clean sheets,� head coach Rene Meulensteen said.

�We kept the ball better, there was penetration and cutting edge and we created chances, but we know the most important goal to score in any season is the first one. It will bring confidence to the team and create a different sort of flow. To win a match, we need to score goals,� he added.

Mumbai City�s head coach Alexandre Guimaraes has a tough task on hand to negotiate three of their first four matches which are being played away at the start of the season. � PTI

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Kerala Blasters seek first win against Mumbai City

KOCHI, Dec 2: After two successive draws, Kerala Blasters would hope to be third time lucky at home when they face Mumbai City FC in an Indian Super League match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here tomorrow.

Kerala Blasters are one of the three teams to have not registered a win in the fourth season of ISL, and will face a side who have suffered a Maharashtra derby defeat.

Mumbai City FC will play the Blasters on the back of a narrow 1-2 loss against FC Pune City, but will take heart from the fact that their tomorrow�s opponents have not even scored a goal in two games yet.

Kerala Blasters have already hosted Jamshedpur FC and ATK at home, and will want to notch a win before they travel to Goa for their first away match of the season on December 9.

The Yellow Army�s coach hinted that former Manchester United defender Wes Brown will be eased into the side rather than start a game due to the fine form of centre-back pairing Sandesh Jhingan and Nemanja Lakic-Pesic.

He also said that not just the fans but everyone who was part of the team was wondering who will score the first Blasters goal this season.

�The first thing is to not let the issue get bigger than it is. We are still in the process of developing as a side. We were better in the second game than the first and we are keeping clean sheets,� head coach Rene Meulensteen said.

�We kept the ball better, there was penetration and cutting edge and we created chances, but we know the most important goal to score in any season is the first one. It will bring confidence to the team and create a different sort of flow. To win a match, we need to score goals,� he added.

Mumbai City�s head coach Alexandre Guimaraes has a tough task on hand to negotiate three of their first four matches which are being played away at the start of the season. � PTI

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