FULL-TIME: Mumbai City FC 0-0 ATK
KICK-OFF: Nov 24, 7.30PM (IST) (GMT +5.30)
Channel: Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3.
Streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV.
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Venue: Mumbai Football Arena.
Mumbai City FC will look to extend their three-game winning streak when they face off against ATK at home today. The Islanders’ defence has been instrumental in their winning run and have kept clean sheets in all three games. The introduction of Joyner Lourenco as the centre-back partner for Lucian Goian has paid dividends and Subhashish Bose has looked solid at left-back.
Upfront, Rafael Bastos, Arnold Issoko and Modou Sougou have done just about enough in attack to get a goal when Mumbai needed it the most. If Mumbai City open the scoring in today’s game, it will be an uphill task for ATK to put one past the Mumbai defence.
ATK have had a mixed season and their league position (6th) bears testament to that. They go into this game without Emiliano Alfaro who ruptured his Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for two months. Alfaro was signed on loan from Pune City as a replacement for Kalu Uche who is out injured for the season.
With Alfaro out, it will be upto Lanzarote and Everton Santos to put on the goal-scoring hat. Among the Indian players, Balwant Singh hasn’t exactly hit the ground running, but Jayesh Rane and Komal Thatal have impressed whenever they’ve been given the opportunity.
Head-to-head record from last season saw both teams register a win against each other. While ATK has to contend with Mumbai’s Lucian Goian, Mumbai City FC have to go past John Johnson to score – it’s quite possible both teams cancel each other out and the match ends in a tame draw.
While ATK has to contend with Mumbai’s Lucian Goian, Mumbai City FC have to go past John Johnson to score – it’s quite possible both teams cancel each other out and the match ends in a tame draw.
The pre-match prediction proved to be accurate in this listless game on a Saturday evening.
Both teams had a couple of chances in the first half, but these attempts never really threatened either goalkeeper.
The second half more or less followed the pattern of the first half and the game ended in a lacklustre draw.