Mumbai City FC can afford to breathe easy for the time being after Chennaiyin FC’s four match-winning run came to end through a 0-0 draw against Bengaluru FC recently. With that Mumbai at the fourth spot now has a four points cushion from Chennaiyin FC and will be thriving in confidence after registering two wins on the bounce. However, Mumbai City can’t be too complacent and will look to conclude the league stages on a positive note in order to make it to the knockout stages.
It will be the in-form FC Goa that plays hosts to them at the Fatroda as they look to go back on top of the table with 36 points. FC Goa similar to ATK has won 10, drawn three, and lost three games this season which indefinitely makes them one of the favourites to lift the trophy. Mumbai wary of the threat FC Goa’s possesses have a stern test ahead of themselves as the clash promises to be an enticing affair.
Date- Wednesday, February 12
Kick-Off- 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Fatorda Stadium
The hosts do not have any such injury concerns or suspensions ahead of the fixture. FC Goa should persist with a similar eleven and shape due to the positive run of results. Ferran Corominas will be leading the line of attack with Hugo Boumous playing in behind him. Brandon Fernandes and Jackichand Singh should feature in the wide areas, while, Jahouh could accommodate central midfield. Mandar, Pena, Fall and Serinton should form the line of defence.
Mumbai City FC
Mumbai will be missing out on key players which prove costly in the grand scheme of things. Serge Kevyn and Sarthak Golui are on the sidelines due to injury, while, goal-threat Amine Chermiti is suspended for the upcoming tie. With that being said, Sougou should occupy the forward line, with Larbi, Diego and Raynier to play in behind. Borges and Bidyanda could fit in at central midfield. Bose, Grgic, Pratik and Rafique should formulate the defence, while Amrinder Singh guards the goal for the visitors.
FCG (Expected Playing 11)- Nawaz; Seriton, Fall, Pena, Mandar; Lenny, Jahouh; Jackichand, Boumous, Brandon; Coro
MCFC (Expected Playing 11)- Amrinder; Rafique, Pratik, Grgic, Bose; Bidyananda, Borges; Raynier, Larbi, Diego; Sougou
Ferran Corominas has been prolific for FC Goa on the attack. The centre-forward has bagged 11 goals and three assists from 13 appearances. Corominas has also completed 401 passes in the process.
With Chermiti missing out due to suspension the onus to score will now be on Modou Sougou. Sougou has three goals, two assists and has completed 211 passes from 12 games this season for Mumbai City FC.
Hugo Boumous has been a vital cog in FC Goa‘s midfield. Boumous has eight goals, six assists and has made 602 successful passes from 12 games this season.
Rowlin Borges has played a pivotal role in the central midfield region for Mumbai City FC. Borges has a goal, an assist, has made 536 successful passes and has 83 successful tackles under his belt
Mumbai without a few first-team players look depleted which makes FC Goa the favourites due to good form and home support that they’ll receive.
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