Chennaiyin FC faces Mumbai City FC at the GMC Bambolim Stadium on Monday to kickoff MatchDay 15 of the Indian Super League 2020-21 season.
The table-toppers face the two-time champions as the Islanders aim to continue their 11-match unbeaten run while the Marina Machans have only won one of their last five matches.
Sergio Lobera’s men are enjoying the best starting run to an ISL season in the club’s history as they have won 9 of their first 12 matches and drew a couple of matches after their defeat against NorthEast United FC in their season opener.
Csaba Laszlo’s men would be looking to turn their fortunes around as a win might take them to fourth in the league table if Hyderabad FC loses their early fixture on Sunday against Jamshedpur FC.
Mumbai City FC is leading the ISL table right now. Chennaiyin FC is in the top 4 but they have played 1 less game than Mumbai City. Mumbai City FC is playing beautiful football with a balanced combination of foreign and Indian players. On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC has a great Indian young squad where Anirudh Thapa is playing some great football along with Chhangte.
Also, Jahouh and M. Fall are the best players in this tournament so far, and Igor Angulo is giving huge support in the attacking third. If Mumbai will win today they will make a good difference from the second spot.
Head to Head Record
Expectedly, the two champions hold an upper hand in the head-to-head record over the Islanders as they won 6 of the 13 matches with Mumbai winning 5 and two of them ending as a draw. Earlier this season, Mumbai City came from a goal down to win 2-1 against the Chennai-based club courtesy of goals from Hernan Santana and Adam le Fondre. Let’s see what will happen today.
Chennaiyin FC (4-2-3-1): Vishal Kaith, Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Deepak Tangri, Memo, Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev Isma, Rahim Ali, Lallianzuala Chhangte
Mumbai City FC (4-2-3-1): Amrinder Singh (C), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Hernan Santana, Mandar Rao Dessai, Ahmed Jahouh, Rowlin Borges, Jackichand Singh, Hugo Boumous, Bipin Singh, Bartholomew Ogbeche
Mumbai City is struggling in front of goal and some changes in the starting line-up might see a change of fortune with Chennaiyin FC expected to remain largely the same. A repeat of a single-goal win at the GMC Bambolim Stadium would see the Islanders gain much more breathing space between themselves and ATK Mohun Bagan FC.
The most recent meeting between these two teams saw them square off at the Mumbai Football Arena with the home side going on to earn all three points. A penalty on the hour from Achille Emana was the only goal of the game as Chennaiyin FC came away from the encounter empty-handed while Mumbai City FC earned three important points.