East Bengal FC will be up against Mumbai City FC in an expectedly enthralling encounter at the Kishore Bharati Stadium. The Kolkata giants are yet to secure their first victory of the season. Meanwhile, Mumbai City are on a marauding run, still unbeaten in the Durand Cup 2022.
The Red & Golds suffered an unfortunate loss against arch-rivals ATK Mohun Bagan a few days back. The team, after keeping two clean sheets, went on to concede an own goal. Stephen Constantine’s side will be looking forward to their first win of the competition. Also, there is a narrow chance for East Bengal to qualify for the quarter-finals. And, that will happen only if the Indian Navy defeats Rajasthan United and the Red & Golds manage a victory against the Islanders.
Mumbai City FC have won against the Indian Navy and Rajasthan United FC and has drawn against ATK Mohun Bagan in the ongoing Durand Cup 2022 group stages so far. The team has conceded just three goals till now and scored 10. The Islanders have already qualified for the knockout stage and they will be facing either Chennaiyin FC or Neroca FC in the quarterfinals. Des Buckingham’s army will take this encounter as an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming battles.
East Bengal are yet to defeat Mumbai City. The Islanders and the Torchbearers have faced each other before only in the ISL. But, Mumbai City FC have defeated the Kolkata giants in three of the four encounters. The other fixture between the two sides have ended in a draw.
Probable Starting Lineup
IFTWC’s Match Predictions
Under new manager Stephen Constantine, East Bengal has failed to score a goal in their three matches in the ongoing edition of the Durand Cup. Whereas, their opposition Mumbai City FC has scored 10 goals in their last 3 matches. East Bengal is almost out of contention for making it to the knockout stages of the Durand Cup, whereas the Islanders have already booked their quarterfinals spot after their 5-1 thumping win over Rajasthan United FC.
It is expected to be a one-sided game where Mumbai City FC will have all the possession in the game and will continuously attack while East Bengal will be sitting deep and defending and looking for possible opportunities to counterattack and score. Having secured qualification, coach Des Buckingham might look to give chances to some of their non-regular starters and give rest to the main first-team players. For East Bengal meanwhile, it can be coach Constantine’s final game in the Durand Cup to check the players he has on the squad ahead of the ISL.
IFTWC predicts a 3-0 win for Mumbai City FC over East Bengal FC.
Match Details And Telecast News
Fixture: East Bengal FC VS Mumbai City FC (Group B)
Venue: Kishore Bharati Stadium, Kolkata
Date and Kickoff Time: 3rd September from 6 PM onwards
Streaming Platform: Voot App/Website and Jio TV
Telecast Channel: Sports 18 1 SD & HD as well as Sports 18 Khel (Hindi commentary)
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