Mumbai City lock horns with Jamshedpur FC in their fifth encounter in the Hero Indian Super League on Thursday. The Islanders are leading the standings with three wins and one loss while the Miners are at 2nd place with two wins and two draws.
Will the defending double champions continue their winning streak or will the Miners upset the Islanders?
Mumbai City FC
A squad comprising of a new set of players and a new coach didn’t slow down the defending champions Mumbai City FC. Except for the 3-1 loss to Hyderabad, the Islanders are doing a great job under their new gaffer Des Buckingham. A 5-1 win against 3-time ISL winners ATK Mohun Bagan, 3-0 win against Durand Cup champions FC Goa and a recent 3-1 win against Bengaluru proves their greatness.
Vignesh Dakshinamurty is injured and won’t be available for selection.
On the other hand, Jamshedpur are unbeaten in the league alongside Chennaiyin FC. Owen Coyle has led the team to greater heights this season so far and would be keen on reaching the summit. They have defeated ATK Mohun Bagan (2-1) and FC Goa (3-1) while drawing against East Bengal and Hyderabad 1-1. The Miners have won 4 out of 8 matches played between the two sides while Mumbai were successful on twice occasions.
Last season both teams played a 1-1 draw followed by a 2-0 JFC victory. Mobashir Rahman, Farukh Choudhary and Seminlen Doungel are the injured players and Jordan Murray is not fully fit to start for the Miners.
Mumbai City FC: Mohammad Nawaz(GK); DF- Mandar Rao Desai, Rahul Bheke, Mourtada Fall and Amey Ranawade; MF – Ahmed Jahouh, Lalengmawia Ralte, Bipin Singh, Cassinho and Vikram Pratap Singh; FW – Igor Angulo.
Jamshedpur FC: TP Rehenesh (GK); DF – Ricky Lallawmawma, Narender Gahlot, Peter Hartley and Laldinliana Renthlei; MF – Komal Thatal, Alex Lima, Jitendra Singh and Boris Singh Thangjam; FW – Nerijus Valskis and Greg Stewart.
Mumbai City FC 2-2 Jamshedpur FC
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