Chennaiyin FC will take on defending champions Mumbai City FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday, February 6, in the Indian Super League (ISL).
A two-goal lead against struggling SC East Bengal in their most recent outing saw Chennaiyin settle for a point and lose out on the opportunity to join the top-four race. They are currently in seventh place in the points standings with 19 points after 14 games.
Similarly, Mumbai City FC is in the same situation, having gone on a seven-game losing streak and now lying one rung above Chennaiyin in sixth place with 19 points from 13 games, one point less than their opponent on Sunday.
When Lallianzuala Chhangte returns to face his previous team, there will be a lot of attention focused on him as well. Chhangte joined Mumbai City from Chennaiyin in the January transfer window and made his debut in the second half of the team’s match against ATK Mohun Bagan, coming in as a substitute.
With Chennaiyin, Chhangte made 53 appearances throughout the course of his career, scoring 12 goals and giving two assists in the process. When the Chennaiyin FC takes on Mumbai City FC, Bozidar Bandovic will be hoping that marksman Nerijuas Valskis will leave behind him his lacklustre performance against the SC East Bengal and regain his scoring boots. If Chennaiyin is victorious, it would be their 50th victory in this league.
In recent weeks, Valskis has struggled to find the back of the net. So far this season, he has only managed to score two goals, both of which came against FC Goa in a single encounter. Except for that game, he has failed to score in any of the other 15 games he has played.
CFC vs MUM, HERO ISL 2021/22
Date: 6th February 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Fatorda Stadium
Chennaiyin FC: D-L-W-D-L
Mumbai City FC: D-D-L-D-L
Mumbai City desperately needs a resurgence in performance. Because of their draw against ATK Mohun Bagan, the reigning champions have now been winless in seven games, which is the joint-longest winless streak in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL). The Islanders’ offence, which had carried them through the first half of the season, is trying to find its rhythm, and their leaky defence, which has allowed 22 goals so far this season, is compounding the problem.
The team from Mumbai is the current holder of the ISL title. They will want to ensure that they finish in a playoff spot and can look to retain their title. For this reason, CFC vs MCFC will be a crucial game for them.
To add to that, Chennaiyin FC does not have a much better record than their fierce rivals. They are also in a similar position in the points table. It’s sixth versus seventh on the points table, with both teams keen to secure a win.
Home advantage could have been a factor if the games were not played at a neutral venue. The lack of it could help the holding champions in this game. Also, there will be no fans in the stadium right through this season, which could once again mean that either team can grab the initiative and get the job done on the night.
CFC vs MUM, Head-To-Head:
Chennaiyan City FC and Mumbai City FC have faced each other in 15 games. Out of them, Chennai has won 6, while Mumbai has also won. Three of the matches have resulted in a draw.
Chennaiyin FC: D. Majumder, Reagan Singh, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinnzuala, L. Chhangte, G. Singh, Vladimir Koman, A. Thapa, Ariel Borysiuk, N. Valskis
Mumbai City FC: M. Nawaz, Amey Ranawade, M. Fall, R. Bheke, M. Rao Desai, Lalengmawia, A. Jahouh, Cassio Gabriel, Vikram Singh, B. Singh, Igor Angulo
As it stands, both of these clubs have had a difficult time of late, with Chennaiyin occupying seventh place in the points table after collecting just five points from the past fifteen opportunities. Mumbai has had a difficult time of late, picking up just three points from their last fifteen games, a drop that has seen them fall farther down the table than they had previously been.
That both of these clubs have had a very competitive head-to-head record isn’t surprising at all. In the previous five meetings, there have been two draws, two victories for Mumbai, and one for Chennaiyin. Chennaiyin FC has a horrible record at home, while Mumbai’s away record isn’t much better either. There is nothing about this game that suggests it would end in a tie, and that is exactly what we shall do here.
The duo is 7 points behind the current leaders Hyderabad, who will want to end the campaign on a high. They have so far played really well and it will be tough to catch up to them. However, a finish in the top four is clearly a possibility for both these teams, as they are just 1 point behind ATK Mohan Bagan. All they need is a good run of form and a win in this match could be the start of that, though it will not be an easy game to win.
Predicted Score: CFC 2-2 MCFC