The Indian Super League (ISL) season 5 is gaining momentum and Mumbai City FC will be looking to go up the ladder when they host Chennaiyin FC in a crucial encounter tonight.
Hosts Mumbai are on a five-match unbeaten run, and they have won four of those matches.
It will be difficult for defenders Chennaiyin to halt their charge.
Here is our match preview.
In-form Mumbai FC take on Chennaiyin FC
Chennaiyin FC to find it difficult against Mumbai
If Mumbai City FC manage to come strong against Chennaiyin, then it will be the side's best unbeaten run in the history of the ISL.
The defense needs to be credited for their efforts since the rollicking they got from FC Goa earlier.
It won't be easy for Chennaiyin to breach the defense of Mumbai and cause issues.
Mumbai go in as clear favorites.
View from both camps
Mumbai City FC manager Jorge Costa believes his side should keep working.
He said, "We did not have a lot of time at the beginning of the season. We needed time to adjust. Now, we have no excuses and we need to keep working."
Chennaiyin coach John Gregory admitted that his side is a long way off from the play-offs.
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Mumbai can seal the second spot
Chennaiyin come from a 2-3 defeat faced against ATK at home and they haven't won their last three games.
The defending champions have amassed just five points from their opening ten games.
Mumbai, on the other hand, have let in just two goals in their last five matches.
They have the chance to climb to second place with a win tonight.
Players in focus- Mumbai vs Chennaiyin
It has been a difficult ride for Chennaiyin till now.
Their players, such as Jeje Lalpekhlua, have failed to live up to the hype.
Jeje has no goals to show for his efforts this season.
For Mumbai, Paulo Machado could, once again, dictate the proceedings in mid-field.
Modou Sougou has misfired in recent games and he would look to prove a point tonight.
When and where to watch the match?
The match is set to start at 7:30 PM IST. It will be broadcast live on the Star Sports network. One can also stream the match live on Hotstar.
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