Hyderabad are rock bottom, with just a win and two draws from their opening nine games, with their last game seeing an impressive performance in an unfortunate 2-2 draw against ATK. They conceded an unfortunate penalty and then a late equaliser thanks to a Kamaljit Singh howler, which was thoroughly avoidable.
Mumbai, on the other hand, are bang in the middle of a super run of form. Jorge Costa's side are unbeaten in their last five games, and have two impressive wins in their last two - away at Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC.
Mumbai City FC v Hyderabad FC: Match Information
Date: 29th December 2019
Kickoff: 7:30 pm IST
Live Stream: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena
Mumbai City FC v Hyderabad FC: Team News
Mumbai City coach Costa confirmed that Paulo Machado and Rowllin Borges are ruled out, with the Portuguese expected to be ruled out for a longer duration of time.
Amine Chermiti is a doubt to start, too, with the injury he picked up in the Islanders' last game against Jamshedpur. Raynier Fernandes will get a start, and if Chermiti misses out, Diego Carlos is likely to take his place, with Modou Sougou moving up to the centre-forward role.
Bidyananda Singh could make his first start for Mumbai too, in place of Borges.
Hyderabad have a full squad to choose from, but really, they haven't found a combination that has been able to display any kind of consistency.
Nestor Gordillo had an impressive ISL debut in the last game against ATK, while the likes of Bobo and Giles Barnes are just about finding their feet in the ISL. It is at the back that Hyderabad have big problems, though, with Kamaljit Singh having a horror season so far, while the likes of Nikhil Poojary have just not been able to adapt well enough to a change in position.
Mumbai City FC v Hyderabad FC: Probable Lineups
Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh, Sarthak Golui, Prathik Chaudhari, Mato Grgic, Subhasish Bose, Raynier Fernandes, Bidyananda Singh, Mohamed Larbi, Diego Carlos, Modou Sougou, Bipin Singh
Hyderabad FC: Kamaljit Singh, Asish Rai, Matthew Kilgallon, Gurtej Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Adil Khan, Rohit Kumar, Nestor Gordillo, Giles Barnes, Marcelinho, Bobo
Mumbai City FC v Hyderabad FC: ISL Form Guide
Mumbai City FC: W-W-D-D-D
Hyderabad FC: D-L-L-D-L
Mumbai City FC v Hyderabad FC Head-to-Head
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides, after FC Pune City's demise led to the formation of Hyderabad FC.
In the erstwhile Maharashtra Derby though, Mumbai were second best to Pune, losing six games out of the ten they played against the Stallions.
Mumbai City FC wins: 3
FC Pune City wins: 6
Mumbai City FC v Hyderabad FC Prediction
With Mumbai in the midst of yet another injury storm, it is, in some ways, a good time for Hyderabad to face them. Phil Brown's side have also found a goalscorer in Bobo, and if they can tighten up at the back, there's no reason why they cannot cause an upset.
Prediction: Mumbai City FC 1-1 Hyderabad FCPublished 28 Dec 2019, 23:23 IST