SC East Bengal to host the 67th match of the Indian Super League on Friday against the table-toppers Mumbai City FC at Tilak Maidan Stadium.
Mumbai City FC is leading the standing table with 26 points. They won 8 matches from their 11 fixtures. They performing exceptionally well and are in good form in this season.
Whereas SC EastBengal is struggling in their debut season in the ISL. They are placed in the 10th position. They have won two matches from 12 matches.
SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City FC Preview:
The Red and Gold Brigade did not have a good start in their debut season. They drew 0 – 0 against Chennaiyin FC playing with 10 men in their previous fixture.
The Islanders will be eying to continue their 11 matches unbeaten. Hyderabad FC held them with a goalless draw in the 60th match of the Indian Super League.
SC East Bengal vs Mumbai City FC Team News:
SC EastBengal have improved in their last 7 games. Bright Enobakhare obtained an immediate impression in his first matches when he scored his debut goal playing for the club. As of now, they have a 7 match unbeaten streak.
Ajay Chettri received a red card in their previous outing against Chennaiyin FC on 18 January and will be unavailable for selection. Loken Meitei, Lalramchullova will be missing the game due to injury. Mattie Steinmann is set to get a spot in the starting XI. Robbie Fowler is likely to field his XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Islanders.
Meanwhile, Mumbai City FC have conceded the lowest number of goals(4) in the tournament and scored the most number of goals (17) this season.
Hugo Boumous has regained match fitness and is presumed to replace Cy Goddard in the opening line-up. Adam le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche have a joint total of 10 goals. However, Santana will miss this match due to suspension.
“We need to improve. In the last game, we could have done better. We are good as far as our place in the table is concerned. But we need to think about every game. We are working a lot to try to prepare in the best way possible for tomorrow’s game”-Mumbai City head coach Sergio Lobera
Sergio Lobera‘s boys are confident enough after being unbeaten in their last 10 consecutive matches. They have the best-attacking lineups in the ongoing Indian Super League. He is anticipated to start with the same 4-2-3-1 formation.
Predicted Lineups and Score:
SC East Bengal: D Majumder, N Das, S Neville, D Fox, A Mukherjee, Surchandra Singh, Milan Singh, M Steinmann, Harmanpreet Singh, Jacques Maghoma, Bright Enobakhare.
Mumbai City FC: A Singh, Amey Ranawade, Ahmed Jahouh, Hernan Santana, Adam Le Fondre, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, M R Dessai, H Boumous, M Fall, Bipin Singh.
SC East Bengal 1 – 2 Mumbai City FC
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