Mumbai City FC, double champions of last season, and table toppers right now. Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, the only unbeaten team this season. Mumbai City FC are currently having the best attack in the league with 16 goals in 5 matches. While Chennaiyin FC might have scored the least goals in the season so far (4 in 4), but they have the best defence in the league with only 2 goals conceded so far. Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC will take place at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.
Stakes will be high when the best attack and the best defence will go face to face at the Fatorda which has earned its reputation of being a high scoring ground.
Vignesh Dakshinamurthy of Mumbai City FC is said to be missing this game against Chennaiyin FC. The head coach Des Buckingham has also confirmed that they are assessing Rowlin Borges, who this season has made appearances only as a substitute.
From the Chennaiyin FC camp, Rafael Crivellaro will be missing as a result of getting sidelined due to an another unfortunate injury.
3 Indian players to watch out!
Apuia has established himself as a hot property in Indian football. Each game he plays, he proves himself worth of those 2 Crores.
Against Chennaiyin FC, who look to hit on counter, it will be important for Mumbai City FC to cut down the counter as early as possible. With Apuia being a part of the double pivot, he will be pivotal in preventing those. Also, he will once again play a huge role in maintaining possession alongside Ahmed Jahouh.
Anirudh Thapa is having a fantastic season under Bozidar Bandovic. There is this one skill-set which might come out helpful against Mumbai City FC when they will look to hit them on transitions. Thapa possesses an underrated skill during the transitions which help his team in several ways.
In a season where the goalkeepers have had nothing to show so far, Vishal Kaith can be said as someone who is having a better season compared to the others in the union, even though he has performed like a huge mistake waiting to happen. For keeping this clinical attack at bay, Vishal Kaith will have to put up a clinical errorless performance between the posts.
3 overseas players to watch out!
A major reason behind the wreckage Mumbai City FC is causing is the Spaniard they bought in the off-season. Igor Angulo is currently leading the Golden Boot charts with 5 goals in 5 matches. He will be an important figure to break this tough defense of Chennaiyin FC.
If there is a reason why Chennaiyin FC are maintaining a tight defence, it’s the Serbian Centre Back Slavko Damjanovic. Slavko has been quite underrated in the ISL so far. For holding this attack, Slavko will need to have another solid game.
Ygor Catatau usually comes on when Igor Angulo goes off. And he ain’t less than any trouble. He has scored 3 goals in the 120 minutes he has played in the league so far. His scoring frequency of 40 minutes is the highest in the league (if we consider only more than 1 goals). He makes sure that the show goes on.
Mumbai City FC
Head to Head
These two teams have faced each other 15 times, including the Super Cup. Out of which Chennaiyin FC emerged victorious 7 times, Mumbai City FC 5 times and the game was drawn 3 times in total.
Predicting match results is not an easy task. Especially when it’s ISL, where anyone can defeat anyone. However, IFTWC predicts a bold 3-0 win in the favour of Mumbai City FC. Keeping in mind that the floodgates might be opened!
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