Match Preview: Mumbai City FC vs Bengaluru FC
It wasn’t the start Alexandre Guimaraes and the boys would have hoped for as the second round of fixtures kicked off with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Kerala Blasters at home. With three crucial points at stake, we welcome ISL newcomers Bengaluru FC at the Arena tomorrow for a second home game in quick succession.
The Islanders had a golden opportunity on Sunday to earn three points and catapult themselves into the top 4 after both FC Pune City and Bengaluru FC dropped points, but went down fighting to a solitary Iain Hume goal under controversial circumstances.
Bengaluru FC ended 2017 on top of the league standings and started the new year with a 1-0 win vs ATK. They failed to consolidate their spot in the top 4 after they went down rather surprisingly to struggling Delhi Dynamos who registered only their second win of the season, the first in the last nine games.
A classic battle for a play-off spot ensues as Guimaraes and the Islanders prepare for an important six-pointer clash.
Where to watch it:
The game will kick off at 8pm IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network, Hotstar and Jio TV for all viewers in India. For our global fans, you can find your broadcaster here. You can also follow live action on our official Twitter account - @MumbaiCityFC.
Sehnaj Singh is back after serving a two-match suspension following his red card against Delhi Dynamos. Raju Gaikwad is back in contention for a berth in the starting XI after recovering form a hamstring injury.
Bengaluru FC will miss defender Subhashish Bose after he was sent off in their 2-0 defeat at Delhi Dynamos FC.
This will be the second encounter between the sides following a 2-0 defeat on opening day for Alexandre Guimaraes’ boys courtesy goals from BFC’s Edu Garcia and former Islander Sunil Chhetri.
Chennaiyin FC sit pretty on top of the table after a late strike from Gregory Nelson gave them all three points against FC Pune City.
In the only other game last week, Bengaluru FC were stunned by bottom-placed Delhi Dynamos who convincingly beat them 2-0 courtesy goals form Lallianzuala Chhangte and Guyon Fernandez.
The other fixtures of the week are:
Wednesday, 17th January
Jamshedpur FC vs Kerala Blasters FC (JRD Tata Sports Complex, 8pm)
Friday, 19th January
NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin FC (Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, 8pm)
Saturday, 20th January
FC Pune City vs ATK (Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, 8pm)
Sunday, 21st January
Jamshedpur FC vs Delhi Dynamos FC (JRD Tata Sports Complex, 5.30pm)
Kerala Blasters FC vs FC Goa (Jawaharlal Nehru