Mumbai City FC will be playing hosts to Chennaiyin FC in what is being considered as one of the most anticipated games of the season as the winner of the fixture will advance to the playoffs, while the loser bows out. Mumbai has been hot and cold in the ongoing campaign and suffered big blow as they got beat 5-2 to FC Goa in their last game. Chennaiyin FC on the other end has relinquished their form after a disappointing start to the season and has won five of their last six games, with one match ending as a draw.
Mumbai City FC sits at fourth with 26 points from 17 games and will be desperate for a win. As for Chennai with 25 points on board, they still have two games in hand and a win or even a draw against Mumbai could position them at fourth. With tensions being at an all-time high, the upcoming fixture promises to be an enthralling affair.
Date- Friday, February 21
Kick-Off- 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Mumbai Football Arena
Mumbai City FC
Sarthak Golui and Serge Kevyn are on the sidelines due to injury. Mohammad Rafique has impressed at the right-back spot and should be persisted with. The big news, however, is Amine Chermiti is back from suspension and should lead the line of attack for Jorge Costa.
Owen Coyle has no such injury concerns or suspension to worry about ahead of the crunch game which should make him go with a similar playing eleven that he’s recently stuck with. Nerijus Valskis, L Chhangte and A Schembri should be leading the attack, while Rafael Crivellaro, Anirudh Thapa and Vanspaul could play in behind.
Mumbai City FC- Amrinder Singh, Mohammad Rafique, Pratik Chaudhari, Mato Grgic, Subhasish Bose, Sourav Das, Rowllin Borges, Mohamed Larbi, Diego Carlos, Modou Sougou, Amine Chermiti
Chennaiyin FC- Vishal Kaith, Laldinliana Renthlei, Lucian Goian, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa, Rafael Crivellaro, Andre Schembri, Lallianzuala
Amine Chermiti has been vital in the final third for Mumbai City FC. Chermiti has bagged six goals and has secured 269 passes from 15 appearances this season.
Nerijus Valskis has been amongst the goals for Chennaiyin FC and will be hard to contain for the Mumabi defence. Valskis has 13 goals, four assists and has completed 361 passes from 16 games this season.
Modou Sougou’s presence on the forward line could also come in handy for Mumbai City FC. Sougou has three goals, three assists and has completed 226 passes from 13 games this season.
Rafael Crivellaro has also been pivotal in the midfield region for Chennaiyin FC. Crivellaro has scored seven goals, and six assists, while completing 800 passes for his side in 16 appearances this season.
Who will win today match?
A high scoring draw could be the final outcome of the game.
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