Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of this evening’s Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) being played at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.
6:00 PM- Here’s how we think the two sides could line up today!!
Mumbai City FC Predicted XI: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall (C), Rahul Bheke, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Lalengmawia, Raynier Fernandes, Cassio Gabriel, Bipin Singh, Ygor Catatau Igor Angulo.
Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Naorem Roshan Singh, Parag Shrivas, Alan Costa, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Singh, Bruno Ramires, Udanta Singh, Jayesh Rane, Prince Ibara, Cleiton Silva.
5:45 PM- Teams news and Injury updates ahead of the match!!
Mumbai City FC: Ahmed Jahouh is suspended for this match as he picked up his fourth yellow card in the last one. Vikram Singh is still in recovery and is still some time away from getting minutes on the pitch.
Bengaluru FC: In the Bengaluru FC camp, Leon Augustine and Sarthak Golui are ruled out. Jayesh Rane’s ankle injury in the last match makes him unavailable for this one. Ajay Chhetri was sick for a week so he will also not feature.
This is Aneesh Dey bringing you the pre-match buildup and minute-by-minute updates.
MATCH PREVIEW: ISL 2021-22: Mumbai City FC aims to get back on winning ways against Bengaluru
Bengaluru FC will get yet another opportunity to steady a stuttering season when it meets under-pressure Mumbai City FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Monday.
Marco Pezzaiuoli’s side might be on a four-game unbeaten run, but there hasn’t been a match in recent memory where it has convinced from start to finish.
Defending champion Mumbai, after a rollicking start that saw it win five of the opening six games, has lost two and drawn two of its last four, allowing the likes of Hyderabad FC, Jamshedpur FC and ATK Mohun Bagan to catch up.
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Both BFC and Mumbai had their previous matches against bottom-placed SC East Bengal and both ended in draws. While it may reflect the Kolkata outfit’s newly found steeliness under interim head coach Renedy Singh, it also points to the state of play at BFC and Mumbai.
While BFC has been increasingly adept at controlling possession, it has struggled to score from open play, with attacking patterns failing to materialise.
“We need to get better in the final phase,” Pezzaiuoli said, on match-eve. “We had many good balls in the last third but when you are dominating possession, wingers need to have more quality. The pass to wingers behind the defence was good but we need to bring the ball inside.”
Against Mumbai, it may not have a lion’s share of the ball but the form Des Buckingham’s side is in provides hope. The Englishman has seen his wards concede 10 goals from just three matches before the 0-0 draw against East Bengal. He will also be without midfield lynchpin Ahmed Jahouh, who is suspended.
“Now we need to kick on and make sure we continue with the clean-sheets in the upcoming matches,” Buckingham said, referring to the last draw. “We need to maintain a good defensive shape.”
The way Mumbai has been pulled back after it threatened to run away with the league shows how topsy-turvy the competition has been, with teams routinely cancelling each other out. BFC’s hopes rest on the same, for despite being in the ninth position, a win can catapult the 2018-19 champion within touching distance of a playoff spot.
Where to watch?
|You can watch the Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC match live at 7:30 PM on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.|