Two-time champions Chennaiyin FC will be facing league leaders Mumbai City FC on Monday. The Islanders are comfortably at the top with nine wins in twelve games under Sergio Lobera this term. A win on Monday night could help them with vital eight points advantage over ATK Mohun Bagan.
Meanwhile, Chennaiyin FC are in short of confidence after poor results in the recent outings. Csaba Laszlo’s side are currently in need of motivation to gather momentum and move forward in the table.
Sergio Lobera’s side is doing pretty well this term as expected before the season kick-off. The Spanish manager loves to play passing football and do have the exact calibre of players for the same. However, Csaba came out with a better tactic to stop their game.
The reverse fixture saw Mumbai City struggling against the Marina Machans earlier this season. Although, the Islanders managed to score fom set-pieces twice to win all three points. It’ll be interesting to see how Chennaiyin FC will come up against the high-flying Mumbai City.
When and where?
Chennaiyin FC will face table toppers Mumbai City FC in the Hero Indian Super League at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim on January 25th (07:30 PM IST).
Team News and Expected Line-up
The Marina Machans have one good news from the injury list. Anirudh Thapa is back from the knock that he picked up against SC East Bengal. The Indian international might start the game as well against Mumbai City FC.
While, new Spanish attacker Manu Lanzarote is still in quarantine and will be available for the game against Hyderabad FC. After Rafa’s absence Chennaiyin midfield is lacking creativity in the middle of the park.
Defenders Jerry Lalrinzuala, Enes Sipovic, and Eli Sabia needs to be careful, who are all with three yellows at the moment and an card away from suspension.
Expected Line-up: Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Memo, Anirudh Thapa; Lz. Chhangte, Esmael Gonsalves, Fatkhulloev; Rahim Ali
Mumbai City FC
Tbe Islanders doesn’t have any major injury concerns in their side ahead of clash against Chennaiyin. It’ll be important for Sergio Lobera to rotate his squad, who are yet to face 3 games in 10 days. The club from Mumbai is also free from suspensions and will be keen to collect all three points.
Sergio Lobera will also have the luxury of another right winger in the side this term. The Islanders have roped-in Jamshedpur FC winger Jackichand Singh. Jacki might start the game from bench, who has already worked under Lobera at FC Goa.
Expected Line-up: Amrinder Singh; Amay Ranawade, Santana, M. Fall, Mandar Desai; Jahouh, Borges Rowlin; Raynier Fernandes, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh; Bartholomew Ogbeche
Chennaiyin FC vs Mumbai City FC: head-to-head stats
Both these have met each other 14 times in the Hero Indian Super League. In which, Chennaiyin and Mumbai have both won six games each and drawn two.
Both the sides are evenly matched from their past results, however new-look Mumbai City FC is looking more stronger and better under Sergio Lobera. recent meeting between these two sides took place earlier this season, which ended in favor of Mumbai City FC with scoreline 2-1.
The pacy winger needs to step-up for Chennaiyin FC, who are in search of goals at the moment. Chennaiyin striker Jakub Sylvestr is missing his goal-scoring boots and has scored just a single goal so far this season. Csaba will be wanting Chhangte to improve his finishing.
Former Odisha FC winger has more shots on target this season for Chennaiyin, but still has just a single goal to his name. The Marina Machans will be hoping for their star winger to find the net against tough Mumbai City FC.
The Moroccan defensive midfielder has been a threat for all sides and he’ll once step out representing Mumbai City FC against Chennaiyin to win all three points. Jahouh and Borges have been brilliant for the Islanders in the middle.
The long balls from Jahouh are dangerous and Csaba needs to come out with a plan like he had for the reverse fixture. The defensive all-rounder has an single assist to his name this season in ten games. He’ll also play a crucial role in keeping Anirudh Thapa silent from creating chances up-front.
Final score prediction
Mumbai City FC will be looking to continue their unbeaten streak this season and to advantage of Chennaiyin’s current form. While, Chennaiyin FC will badly need all three points to climb up the table for a comfortable position. The final scoreline might read 0-1 in favor of the Islanders.