ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City vs FC Goa: Preview and prediction
Mumbai City will be hosting FC Goa in their ISL 2018-19 return fixture tomorrow. Mumbai are again second on the league table and have collected 27 points from the 13 matches they have played so far. Goa are currently fourth on the league table, and can climb to the third spot with a win tomorrow. Here is our detailed match preview.
The hosts will be riding high on confidence after handing league leaders Bengaluru FC their first defeat of the season. Moreover, they will be coming off a five-match undefeated streak, which they'll be eager to defend. Joyner Lourenco will be out of action tomorrow owing to an injury. A Mumbai win will make this season's competition quite interesting.
Goa's brand of attacking football is always a delight to watch, and it is expected they will concentrate on getting an early goal to put the hosts under pressure. The positive aspect about their team is that Goa do not have any player suffering from injury or suspension ahead of this vital encounter. Goa have scored 27, but have conceded 17 goals this season.
Modou Sougou has scored nine goals and will be the trump card for Mumbai. Arnold Issoko has also been a vital player for them, with five assists this season. Their striker Rafael Bastos, midfielders Raynier Fernandes, and Paulo Machado have also been quite effective. Ferran Corominas and Edu Bedia will be Goa's main men in the match, with both men being in prolific form this season.
Mumbai City: Amrinder Singh, Chakrabarti, Goian, Ali, Bose, Issoko, Milan Singh, Fernandes, Machado, Sougou, Bastos. FC Goa: Nawaz, Seriton Fernandes, Fall, Singh, Desai, Jahouh, Bedia, Rodrigues, Boumous, Brandon Fernandes, Corominas. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 PM and will be telecast on the Star Sports network, and can also be live-streamed on Hotstar or Jio TV.
Mumbai City will be the favorites tomorrow considering the match is at their home ground and they boast a stronger side. However, Goa have prolific goalscorers in their ranks who can turn things around in a flash, and handed Mumbai a humiliating 5-0 defeat in their first meeting of the season. The match has the possibility of being a 2-2 draw.