Mumbai City wants to bounce back from their defeat in Kochi with a win against Chennaiyin FC at home in their final game of the year.
MUM vs CHN Match Details
Date: Thursday, 28 December 2023
Time: 20:00 (IST)
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
MUM vs CHN Match Preview
Mumbai City suffered their first loss of the season in the ISL by going down 2-0 to Kerala Blasters in Kochi. Weakened due to four players red carded in a single game against Mohun Bagan Super Giant and also losing defender Rostyn Griffiths early in the match through injury did not give the Islanders any chance of getting something out of the game. The result opened a four-point gap with the top place for the Shield holders clinching the fifth spot in the table at the moment. Manager Petr Kratky conceded the defeat in his fourth game in charge and has collected just one win in the period. A form graph the Czech boss would like to change to round off the year with something positive to look for in the latter half of the season and also the Super Cup. Mumbai City will take on Chennaiyin FC, also coming back off a defeat, to secure three points that will get them back on track.
Chennaiyin FC’s four-game unbeaten run came to an unexpected halt in Delhi as promoted side Punjab FC stunned them with a 1-0 win, their first of the season. Owen Coyle’s side will also be frustrated of not firing any shot on target with the six managed as the opposition defence stood firm. The I-league winners have proven to be a tough nut to crack in their home stadium but the Marina Machans could not escape their poor showing. Far worse, their lead in the playoff spot is cut to just one point with East Bengal, Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United breathing on their shoulders. Hence, Chennaiyin would like to avoid another slip-off on the road but facing Mumbai City in their next game will be a severe challenge. The Islanders have not lost at home in the ISL since March and this fixture since 2020 which is expected to give headaches to the Southern club.
MUM vs CHN Recent Form (ISL)
MUM vs CHN Team News
Center-back Rostyn Griffiths could miss the final ISL game before the Asian Cup break for Mumbai City having picked up an injury. The good news for the Islanders is that Rahul Bheke is returning to back four after a match ban although his teammate on the opposite flank, Akash Mishra will sit out two more matches of his four-match suspension. Greg Stewart has been handed a three-match ban by the AIFF disciplinary committee. For Chennaiyin FC, Ankit Mukherjee might not feature after sustaining an injury last game.
MUM vs CHN Predicted Lineups
Mumbai City FC:
Phurba Lachenpa; Rahul Bheke, Tiri, Mehtab Singh, Valpuia; Apuia, Van Nieff, El Khayati; Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jorge Diaz, Bipin Singh
Debjit Majumder; Sarthak Golui, Bikash Yumnam, Ryan Edwards, Sachu Siby; Jiteshwor Singh, Ayush Adhikari; Connor Shields, Rafael Crivellaro, Vincy Barretto; Jordan Murray
MUM vs CHN Head-to-Head (all competitions)
Played - 20
MUM won - 11
Drawn - 3
CHN won - 6
MUM vs CHN Head-to-Head (ISL)
Played - 18
MUM won - 9
Drawn - 3
CHN won - 6
MUM vs CHN Dream11 Team Prediction
Mumbai City is expected to bounce back from the defeat in their last game with a victory against Chennaiyin FC.
MUM vs CHN Dream11 Top picks
Captain Pick: Rafael Crivellaro
Vice-captain Picks: Jorge Diaz
Others: Jordan Murray, Mehtab Singh
Our top pick for MUM vs CHN is Rafael Crivellaro with eight goal contributions (3 goals, 5 assists) and Jorge Diaz who is the joint-most scorer with six goals.
MUM vs CHN Dream11 Team Suggestion
GK: Debjit (7.5)
DEF: Bheke (8), Edwards (8.5), Mehtab (8)
MID: Crivellaro (9), Apuia (8.5), Nieff (7.5), Y Singh (7.5)
FW: Shields (8.5), Diaz (9), Murray (7)
Captain: Rafael Crivellaro
Vice-captain: Jorge Diaz
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