ISL 2023-24: Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC

ISL 2023-24: Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC

Both teams lost their last ISL games.

As Mumbai City FC prepares to conclude their football campaign for the calendar year, they face a crucial challenge against Chennaiyin FC. The Islanders, despite their recent setback against Kerala Blasters, are gearing up to make a statement in their final fixture of the year. 

However, the team finds itself grappling with adversity, having lost key players to red cards and injuries. The absence of these pivotal contributors adds an extra layer of complexity to their strategic approach. Currently positioned in 5th place with 19 points, Mumbai City FC is eager to bounce back and secure a positive result that could significantly impact their standing in the league. 

The Stakes

Mumbai City FC

Following a challenging 2-0 defeat against Kerala Blasters on the road, Mumbai City FC finds itself in a precarious situation as they approach their last game of the calendar year. The setback is further compounded by the absence of key players such as Greg Stewart and Akash Mishra. 

The defensive woes deepen with the injuries sustained by reliable defenders Rostyn Griffiths and Tiri during their match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The impending clash against Chennaiyin FC takes on heightened significance, as Mumbai City FC urgently seeks a victory to secure a coveted top-four position before the conclusion of the first half of the season. 

Chennaiyin FC

Chennaiyin FC is poised to consolidate its position in the top 6 and secure a coveted playoff spot with a crucial upcoming clash against Mumbai City FC. Despite not boasting the most star-studded roster, coach Owen Coyle has exhibited a remarkable ability to extract positive results from his squad. 

The upcoming fixture against Mumbai City FC presents a significant challenge, and Coyle will undoubtedly be eyeing nothing less than three points to further bolster their playoff aspirations. Following a 10-day hiatus, Chennaiyin FC returns to action, aiming to build on their recent successes and maintain the momentum in their campaign. 

Injury & Team News

Mumbai City FC will be without key players such as Greg Stewart and Akash Mishra due to them serving a three-match ban. The Islanders might also be without Rostyn Griffiths and Tiri, who picked up hamstring injuries against Kerala Blasters FC. Chennaiyin FC is likely to field a fully fit roster with the availability of all players.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches – 18

Mumbai City FC win – 9

Chennaiyin FC win – 6

Draw – 3

Predicted Lineups

Mumbai City FC (4-2-3-1)

Phurba Lachenpa (GK), Sanjeev Stalin, Rahul Bheke, Mehtab Singh, El Khayati, Apuia, Yoëll van Nieff, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jayesh Rane, Bipin Singh, Jorge Pereyra Diaz

Chennaiyin FC (4-2-3-1)

Debjit Majumder (GK), Ankit Mukherjee, Ryan Edwards, Aakash Sangwan, Bikash Yumnam, Cristian Damian Battocchio, Ayush Adhikari, Rafael Crivellaro, Farukh Choudhary, Rahim Ali, Connor Shields

Players to Watch

Lallianzuala Chhangte (Mumbai City FC)

Lallianzuala Chhangte. (courtesy: ISL media)

Often featured prominently in the second half, his electrifying pace consistently sows chaos among opposing players. The prospect of his explosive speed and skill set adds an extra layer of excitement to the upcoming clash, promising a thrilling duel between his attacking prowess and the defensive resilience of the Chennaiyin side. 

This dynamic presence infuses a tangible sense of unpredictability, creating the perfect backdrop for an exhilarating battle that is bound to enthrall fans and heighten the competitive intensity of the match. As anticipation builds, his influence is poised to be a decisive element, elevating the overall spectacle on the field.

Rafael Crivellaro (Chennaiyin FC)

Rafael Crivellaro. (courtesy: ISL media)

In the upcoming clash against Mumbai City FC, Owen Coyle is poised to once again rely on the seasoned midfielder, Rafael Crivellaro, to unlock the opposition’s solid defence with his creative prowess. The Brazilian playmaker, showcasing a commendable record of 3 goals and 5 assists in the current season, becomes a pivotal asset in Chennaiyin FC’s offensive strategy. 

Crivellaro’s eagerness to add to his impressive tally underscores his crucial role in orchestrating attacking plays and contributing to his team’s success. As Chennaiyin FC seeks a positive result, the spotlight will undoubtedly be on Crivellaro to provide the creative spark in the midfield.

Did you know?

  • Last time, both the teams faced each other in the Mumbai Football Arena, it was The Islanders who clinched a 2-1 victory.
  • Both the teams are in consecutive positions in the league.
  • Rafael Crivellaro leads the assist chart, while Jorge Pereyra Diaz tops the goalscoring charts alongside Diamantakos.

Telecast

The Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC game kicks off at 8 PM IST, at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai on December 28, 2023. Live telecast of the fixture will be available on the Sports18 Network (Sports18 1/VH1 channel). Live streaming of the game will be available on the JioCinema app. Viewers from abroad can use OneFootball to stream the game.

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