ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC | Match Preview, Predictions, Live Streaming & Where to watch details
Stay tuned to Indian football this Sunday, if you don't want to miss the two most exciting matches of this season. When East Bengal completes its derby against Mohun Bagan in I-League, Mumbai City will host Bengaluru FC in a clash between the top two teams of the ISL. The Mumbai Football Arena will witness the game that could witness a change in the ISL toppers after a really long time.
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One of the best league comebacks in ISL has been Mumbai City's run this season. After a doubtful start to the season showing lack of coordination, Jorge Costa & Co have done well to remain unbeaten in their 8 previous outings. The foreign players have been very crucial in Mumbai's outstanding run. On the ISL table, Mumbai City are 2nd, with 24 points from 12 games. A win against Bengaluru FC, by a margin of 3 goals or more, will take them to the top of the table.
Bengaluru FC hasn't forgotten who they were last season. They have remained unshaken throughout the year, having their last defeat in an Indian league at last year's final. The new coach Carles Cuadrat has successfully established his ways, without hindering the results. The right mix of foreign and domestic players have shone for The Blues, when needed.
This has secured them a rather safe position, at the top of the table with 27 points. BFC also has the advantage of having played only 11 games (1 less than Mumbai City).
Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC: Match Information
Date: 27 January 2019
Kickoff: 7:30 PM IST
Live Stream: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
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Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC: Team News
Mumbai City made only one new signing to the squad in the winter transfer window, with centre-back Sanjay Balmuchu coming in to cover for the injured Joyner Lourenco. Shouvik Ghosh has left Mumbai City and joined NorthEast United.
Bengaluru FC is the only ISL team that hasn't completed any deals during the break. For The Blues, striker Miku and defender Nishu Kumar remain injured and will not be available. Edmund Lalrindika, the 19-year old striker, has been given a promotion to the senior squad from the Bengaluru FC B squad.
Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC: Probable Lineups
Mumbai City FC (4-3-3): Amrinder Singh. Sauvik Chakrabarti, Lucian Goian, Sanjay Balmuchu, Subhasish Bose, Arnold Issoko, Raynier Fernandes, Milan Singh, Paulo Machado, Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos
Bengaluru FC (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Kean Lewis
Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC: Form Guide
Mumbai City: W-D-W-W-D
Bengaluru FC: W-D-D-W-W
Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC: Head to Head
Mumbai City: 0
Bengaluru FC: 2
Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC: Key Players
The only way to get past the combat Bengaluru FC defence is to have a clever striker like Modou Sougou. The Senegal player has scored 9 goals from 12 games in ISL including the 4 goals against Kerala Blasters. Sougou is a forward who pounces onto loose balls, which can be turned dangerous. This makes the 34-year old, Mumbai City's most vital presence on the field.
The hero of Indian football will be the hero of Bengaluru FC too. With Miku too being absent, Sunil Chhetri will be Cuadrat's go-to-man for goals. When Chhetri is supplied with the perfect crosses from the flanks and sharp through balls from the defensive midfielders, the Islanders will find a difficult time keeping a clean sheet.
Mumbai City vs Bengaluru FC: Predictions
It is a meeting of the best two teams in ISL this season, in terms of point and performance. Both the clubs have been outstanding in terms of attack, which is well backed up by the defensive line. In a clash between the two most fierce attacks of ISL, Bengaluru FC and West Block Blues might have the final laugh for the good form of their key players.
Predicted Score - Mumbai City 2-3 Bengaluru FC