Mumbai City FC, after an eight-day break, will have to deal with the threat of Kerala Blasters, who are on a high after their recent win over Delhi Dynamos, on Sunday at the Mumbai Football Arena.
The Islanders are placed fifth on the table and can break into the top four with a win on Sunday against Kerala Blasters who are in the seventh position, three points adrift of Mumbai.
Alexandre Guimaraes' side has been quite solid at home so far in the season and will be looking to blunt the Kerala Blasters attack which, apart from when Hume scored a sensational hat-trick against Delhi Dynamos, has not really sparkled.
Kerala Blasters, on the other hand, are looking to finally kickstart their season and will hope to gain a positive outcome against Mumbai City. However, the Blasters' midfield still lacks stability and purpose despite the addition of young Ugandan playmaker Keziron Kizito.
The team still looks a bit clueless in attack and it was only Hume's doggedness that got them three goals against Delhi Dynamos.
Mumbai City will start the favourites for this clash but they will be wary of the Tuskers who can certainly pull off an upset.
Tournament – Indian Super League 2017-2018
When: 8:00 PM (IST) on Sunday
Where: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, India
Date – January 14, 2018
Last six performances of both teams in the Indian Super League 2017-18:
KBFC – L, W, D, L, D, W
MCFC – D, W, L, W, W, D
Subhasish (GK), Ruatthara, Lakic-Pesic, Jhingan, Anto, Hanghal, Kizito, Pekuson, Sifneos, Jacki, Hume
Amrinder (GK), Gaikwad, Goian, Davinder, Emana, Gerson, Ruidas, Pradhan, Thiago, Everton, Balwant
(IndiaFantasy suggests picking more players of MCFC over KBFC)
Achille Emana (MCFC)
Thiago Santos (MCFC)
Everton Santos (MCFC)
Iain Hume (KBFC)
Keziron Kizito (KBFC)
Courage Pekuson (KBFC)
*(The aforementioned players are selected on the basis of their performance in their last match)
Mumbai City is going to start this match as favourites because not only they are the home team but also the better team if we go by the statistics in Indian Super League. Mumbai is sitting in the middle of the points table in the middle of this season and Kerala Blasters are two ranks below with 11 points salvaged from the nine matches they have played so far. Our bet is on Mumbai City FC for this fixture.
We are providing you the KBFC Vs MCFC football match preview based on our research and understanding. Please choose your own probable playing 11 as these matches are quite risky to predict who will play and who will not get the chance to play.
Kerala Blasters FC vs Mumbai City FC Fantasy XI