The Blues will take on the Islanders in their ninth match of the season, which will be a fair battle between the two high-voltage coaches. Bengaluru FC will be looking to make a comeback after two consecutive losses against ATK Mohun Bagan and Jamshedpur FC as they failed to score in the last 180 minutes. The new Norweigan recruit Kristian Opseth seemed to have lost his form, assisting just one in eight matches where on the other side Serio Lobera and his boys are pumped up as they lead the race for an ACL spot next year if they continue their incredible run in the reverse fixtures too. The Indian contingents along with foreigners have been in their top form demolishing each opponent in their way. They will be looking for a win in this fixture that will help them to take a comfortable two points to lead to the top of the table.
Three Indian players to watch out for are:-
The three Indian players to watch out for in this match are Bipin Singh, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Sunil Chhetri. Bipin Singh had been phenomenal in the left-wing, he has already made three starts and has cemented his place in the starting line-up. Suresh Singh Wangjam continues to play a pivotal role this season too for the Blues in the middle of the park. He not only helped his team in the defense but also played some excellent balls in the forward which the striking force couldn’t capitalize, the 20-year old midfielder is having a passing accuracy of 71%. Sunil Chhetri- the Captain, Leader, Legend is still bossing the opponent defense, already scored three in the season that takes his tally to 42 goals. He will be the main man to mark in Mumbai’s defense as he’ll face his former club.
Three foreigners to watch out for are:-
Hugo Boumous, Ahmed Jahouh and Dimas Delgado are the three foreigners to watch out for. Hugo Boumous has brought his sublime form from Goa to Mumbai this year too, although he missed a penalty last match but he scored a beautiful goal and assisted a few already in the tournament. Ahmed Jahouh continues to play a pivotal role in the team and has already made the most number of tackles in the tournament so far despite missing one game due to suspension. His long balls will be crucial for today’s game against the Blues. The Blues depend a lot on Dimas in the centre of the midfield has already netted one goal, having a passing accuracy of 76%, with 457 correct passes in eight outings.
Both Mumbai City FC and Bengaluru FC have no injury concerns.
Bengaluru FC:- Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Pratik Chaudhuri, Juanan, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Erik Partalu, Dimas Delgado, Cleiton Silva, Kristian Opseth, Sunil Chhetri
Substitutes:- Lalthuammawia Ralte, Fran Glez, Udanta Singh, Deshorn Brown, Edmund Lalrindika, Leon Augustine, Parag Shrivas
Mumbai City FC:- Amrinder Singh, Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Hernan Santana, Mandar Rao Dessai, Rowlin Borges, Ahmed Jahouh, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Adam Le Fondre.
Substitutes:- Phurba Lachenpa, Md.Rakip, CY Goddard, Bart Ogbeche, Mehtab Singh, Sarthak Golui, Vikram Pratap Singh, Farukh Choudhury, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy
It will be an exciting clash to watch out for as both the coaches are ready witfavourh their trump cards, so we think either the result will go in Mumbai’s favour or both the teams will share the spoils.