Mumbai City will want to take an early step towards the semi-final of the Kalinga Super Cup 2024 with a win against Punjab FC.
MUM vs PUN Match Details
Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Time: 19:30 (IST)
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar
MUM vs PUN Match Preview
Mumbai City had to make a late turnaround to secure all three points in their Kalinga Super Cup 2024 opener against Gokulam Kerala. Going behind in the first half, substitute Ayush Chhikara’s 77th-minute equalizer built hope before El Khayati’s stoppage-time winner from the spot after Alberto Noguera was brought down into the box put Islanders on top of the group early. The Shield holders might not have laboured to the victory had Valpuia’s header from a corner in the first-half was not been controversially ruled out and opposition keeper Avilash Paul not had an excellent game between the sticks. Mumbai City also had to make a late comeback against Punjab FC, their next opponent in the Super Cup, to secure a win in the ISL meeting but are demanding some stability this time to go close to booking a ticket in the semifinals with back-to-back wins and Chennaiyin FC to face in the final group game.
For the fourth time this season, Punjab FC failed to hold on to their lead after Wilmar Joran Gil scored his first goal for the Shers and his fourth against Chennaiyin FC to draw 1-1. Their situation was not helped by Amarjit Singh's sent-off before half-time which swung the momentum towards the Marina Machans. The opposition was down to 10 men as well in the second half with Rafael Crivellaro receiving a second booking which might have helped Staikos Vergetis’s side not have one of the best creators on the pitch during a crucial period. While not a defeat, the draw will force Punjab FC to put up a valiant display against Mumbai City and draw at least a point from the match to stay in the race. It will require a lot from the side that have suffered six defeats this season although they managed to draw an equal number of games and just one win in 13 matches so far.
MUM vs PUN Recent Form (all competitions)
MUM vs PUN Recent Form (Kalinga Super Cup 2024)
MUM vs PUN Team News
Mumbai City gave their star foreigners some much-needed rest in the Super Cup opener but they are expected to return on Tuesday. Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rahul Bheke, Mehtab Singh and Akash Mishra are unavailable due to their national team duties in the Asian Cup occurring at the same time in Qatar.
Punjab FC have no national team call up so have the entire squad available to them. However, they are without Amarjit Singh in midfield after being sent off against Chennaiyin FC for a high elbow challenge. Head Coach Staikos Vergetis might go for six foreigners for this pivotal clash.
MUM vs PUN Predicted Lineups
Phurba Lachenpa; Sanjeev Stalin, Rostyn Griffiths, Tiri, Valpuia; El Khayati, Van Nieff, Vinit Rai, Alberto Noguera; Jorge Diaz, Gurkirat Singh
Kiran Limbu; Khaiminthang Lhungdim, Dimitrios Chatziisaias, Suresh Meitei, Nitesh Darjee; Medih Talal, Nikhil Prabhu, Juan Mera, Krishnananda Singh; Wilmar Gil, Luka Majcen
MUM vs PUN Dream11 Team Prediction
Mumbai City should come up top in their battle against Punjab FC to make it back-to-back victories in the Kalinga Super Cup 2024.
MUM vs PUN Dream11 Top picks
Captain Pick: Medih Talal
Vice-captain Picks: El Khayati, Jorge Diaz
Others: Juan Mera
Our top picks for the MUM vs PUN Dream11 team are Medih Talal and Alex Jorge Diaz.
MUM vs PUN Dream11 Team Suggestion
GK: Limbu (7)
DEF: Lhungdim (8.5), Griffiths (8.5), Prabhu (9)
MID: Talal (8.5), Van Nieff (7.5), Noguera (6.5), K Singh (8)
FW: Mera (9), Diaz (9), El Khayati (7)
Captain: Medih Talal
Vice-captain: El Khayati
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