MCFC vs NEUFC Dream11: Mumbai City FC will be looking for their first win since the opening game when they hit the road to play NorthEast United in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Sarusajai Stadium), in Guwahati, Assam, on Wednesday evening (IST).
Host: NorthEast United
Visitors: Mumbai City FC
Match Timing: November 27, @ 07: 30 PM
Match Venue: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Sarusajai Stadium)
Form: The Highlanders are certainly high in that regard. They are one of only three unbeaten teams left in the league, and sit 4th on the points table, having won twice in the first four games. In another sign of improvement under manager Robert Jarni, the team kept a clean sheet on its way to a 1-0 win over Hyderbad FC before the international break.
Mumbai City's form hardly evokes a cause for optimism ahead of this game. They remain winless since winning 0-1 at Kerala Blasters in the season-opener and come into this game on a two-game losing run.
First and foremost goals. NorthEast boasts one of the best strike forces in the league, and in Asamoah Gyan have somebody who is perhaps the most decorated footballer of all currently plying their trade in ISL. And players lining up behind him, especially Redeem Tlang and Martín Cháves, arrive in good form in this game.
Mumbai City responded to its bad start last season in the most magnificent fashion, keeping six straight clean sheets in the league and conceding only 20 goals in the regular season. Only NorthEast bettered this e return in defence with 18 goals against them. Mumbai may have lost the last two games, but they have two clean sheets to its name. The Highlanders also had a shut out in the last match, and we expect both the teams to keep things tight at the back.
NorthEast United to win: 1.66 (33/50), Probability to happen: 60.24%
Mumbai City FC to win: 3.75 (2/1), Probability to happen: 33.33%
Draw: 4.00 (3/1), Probability to happen: 25.00%
Either team to keep a clean sheet: 1.83 (83/100), Probability to happen: 54.64%
Asamoah Gyan: Of course, he will be the biggest threat. Nothing to prove so late in his career. He may have lost some of his paces, still good enough, though, in this part.
Redeem Tlang: Scored a goal in the last game and this was no more than what he deserved from that game. Can play as a no-10 behind the main striker or as a winger as well.
Modou Sougou: Though he is a doubt in this game, Mumbai will give their last season's leading goal scorer every chance to prove match fitness. If he starts, his presence will make a whole lot of difference to both team's tactics.
NorthEast's Jose David Leudo and Mohamed Larbi of Mumbai, will be the pivot for their respective team in the midfield.
NorthEast United team news: Asamoah Gyan should be fit for the clash following an injury before the international break, but centre-back Kai Heerings is suspended following his involvement in an on-field tussle against FC Goa. All the other players are available for selection.
Mumbai City team news: For Mumbai City, good news are coming thick and fast. Their record goal scorer of last season Modou Sougou is back in the squad for the first time this season, as is the case with Rowlin Borges and Mato Grgic.
NorthEast United: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (GK), Reagan Singh, Provat Lakra, Mislav Komorski, Rakesh Pradhan, Jose David Leudo, Milan Singh, Redeem Tlang, Martin Chaves, Nikhil Kadam, Asamoah Gyan
Mumbai City: Amrinder Singh (GK), Souvik Chakrabarti, Sarthak Golui, Pratik Chaudhuri, Subhasish Bose, Rowllin Borges, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado, Modou Sougou, Amine Chermiti, Mohammed Larbi
The home team to get at least a point from this game.