Mumbai City FC take on Bengaluru FC in the next round of fixtures in the Indian Super League on Monday as the second half of the season commences.
Mumbai enter this game in 2nd place in the league, after their top spot was taken by Kerala Blasters who beat Hyderabad FC 1-0 in the tightest of encounters on Sunday. MCFC will be hoping to take the top spot back by beating Bengaluru FC, but they would be well aware that this will be no easy feat.
Bengaluru FC are in desperate need of points and form, as they languish in 9th place in the league, currently, 6 points off 4th placed Jamshedpur FC. Bengaluru FC needs the 3 points as much as Mumbai City which makes this a fascinating encounter to look forward to.
Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC ISL 2021/2022
Date: 10th January, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa
Mumbai City FC have not won a game of football since December 15th, when they beat Chennayin FC 1-0. That was 4 matches ago. Since then, they have gone onto a run of fixtures which have seen them lose two, and draw two fixtures. Their last game with SC East Bengal ended in a stalemate as neither team could find the back of the net. The poor run of form means they have only earned 5 points off the 15 that were available. A slump that has seen their top spot taken away from them. Manager Des Buckingham would be expecting his player are up for the task at hand to stop this slump, and get back to winning ways.
Bengaluru FC are having one of their worst seasons in the ISL. The 2018/2019 champions have only managed to win 2 games all season, and could do with a good run of games if they are to have a chance of making it into the final four of the Indian Super League. Like Mumbai City, Bengaluru FC too drew their last game with SC East Bengal, albeit managed to find the back of net, only to concede one.
Mumbai City FC: W-L-D-L-D
Bengaluru FC– L-D-D-W-D
Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC – Head-to-Head
In the 9 matches played between the two teams, Mumbai City FC have the upper hand as they have managed to beat Bengaluru FC 5 times, losing 3 games, and drawing one.
Played – 9
Mumbai City FC – 5
Bengaluru FC – 3
Draws – 1
MCFC vs BFC Team News:
Rowllin Borges and Vikram Partap Singh are out injured for Mumbai City. Manager Des Buckingham has also confirmed The Islanders will be without Yrondu Musavu-King, Leon Augustine, Sarthak Golui and Jayesh Rane. The Islanders will also be without influential Moroccan midfielder, Ahmed Jahouh, who picked up his fourth yellow card of the season against SC East Bengal.
Mumbai City FC Predicted XI: Phurba Lachenpa (GK), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall (C), Rahul Bheke, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Lalengmawia, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Cassio Gabriel, Bipin Singh, Igor Angulo.
Bengaluru will be missing Leon Augustine and Yrondu Musavu-King through long-term injuries, while Jayesh Rane and Ajay Chhetri continue to recover on the treatment table.
Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Sandhu (GK); Roshan Naorem, Pratik Chowdhary, Alan Costa, Ashique Kuruniyan; Iman Basafa, Bruno Silva, Suresh Wangjam; Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva, Sunil Chhetri (C).
Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC – Prediction
The league table doesn’t lie, and Mumbai City FC have proved they have performed far better than Bengaluru FC this season. The current ISL champions have hit a roadblock but should be too good a test for Bengaluru FC. Bengaluru FC will have to put up the best of performances if they are to get anything out of this game.
Prediction: Mumbai City FC 3 – 1 Bengaluru