Chennaiyin FC will be looking to host Mumbai City FC and register their first win of the new season. Mumbai nicked a 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters, thanks to a late winner by Amine Chermiti.
Meanwhile Chennaiyin FC was on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat to FC Goa.
Mumbai will be attempting to bag another vital away win, while former champions, Chennai FC will look to redeem themselves at home.
Date- Sunday, October 27 | Kick-Off- 7:30 PM (IST) | Venue- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
Centre-backs Lucian Goian and Eli Saba looked static against FC Goa but could be given another go against Mumbai City. Head Coach, John Gregory will be eying an attacking shape at home in order to overcome the debacle in the first game. Midfielder, Anirudh Thapa was benched for te first game and we might see him make the team sheet this time around. Jerry Lalrinzuala put in underwhelming performance against Goa but is expected to turn the tide versus Mumbai. Chhangt, Singh and Schembri should be leading the attack for the hosts.
Mumbai City FC
Jorge Costa recently confirmed that centre-half, Mato Grgic will be on the sidelines after sustaining a knock in against Kerala Blasters in Kochi. Ace midfielder, Paulo Machado also picked up a niggle and is doubt of featuring against ChennaIyin FC. Pratik Chaudhari and Sarthak Gouli look like the prominent centre back pairing for now. However it’s Mumbai attack which will definitely create an air of concern for Chennaiyin’s defence. Amini Chermiti, Modou Sougou and Carlos are expected to lead the visitors attack.
Chennaiyin FC: Karanjit, Llarinzuala, Vanspaul, Eli Sabia, Tondonba, Herd, L Chhangte, Anirudh Thapa, CK Vineeth, Schembri, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh, Sarthak Golui, Mato Grgic, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Subhasish Bose, Rowllin Borges, Raynier Fernandes, Serge Kevyn, Amine Chermiti, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado
Off the 10 previous meetings between the two sides, it’s Chennaiyin FC who has had the upper hand with six wins in contrast to Mumbai’s four wins.
Modou Sougou was second in the list for the most number of goals scored last season. The Mumbai City talisman scored 12 goals from 18 games in 2018-19.
Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh had the most number of clean sheets last season, with seven clean sheets in 19 games. Interestingly Amrinder managed to keep yet another clean sheet for Mumbai City FC in the opening game against Kerala Blasters this season.
Chennai’s Raphael Augusto’s 1180 passes from 18 games last season was the fourth most successful pass ration in the 2018-19 edition.
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