The two outfits have differing ambitions ahead of their clash on Friday.
The upcoming fixture of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 will see SC East Bengal and Mumbai City FC fight for three points. Both outfits lie n extreme positions in the league standings and will give it their all to attain victory.
While Sergio Lobera’s men will look to increase their lead aat the top, Robbie Fowler’s men will try to rise in the standings with an eye on the playoffs- positions.
SC East Bengal
SC East Bengal are undefeated in their last seven fixtures. They have slowly collected points on the way and are now looking to rise in the league table. Playoffs qualification is looking like a real possibility for the outfit.
A win against Mumbai City FC will take them upto 15 points, level with with fifth-placed NorthEast United. However, squaring up against the table-toppers is not going to be an easy task.
Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City are the outright favourites to finish in first place at the end of the league phase. The outfit have shown incredible consistency in their performances, only losing one game in the term.
When they face SCEB, the Islanders will favour themselves to secure all three points and increase their lead at the top of the league table.
SC East Bengal will be without Ajay Chhetri, who received a red card in the game against Chennaiyin FC. Mohammad Rafique could start in his place in the starting lineup. Rest of the team picks itself after the recent positive performances.
Mumbai City FC will have a full strength squad to field. It will be interesting to see if the coach starts Adam le Fondre or Bartholomew Ogbeche in the starting lineup. Hugo Boumos will most likely replace Cy Goddard among the starters as well.
SC East Bengal: Majumder; Mukherjee, Neville, Fox, Das; M.Singh, Rafique, S,Singh, Enobakhare, Maghoma; Pilkington.
Mumbai City FC: Amrinder; Ranawade, Fall, Hernan, Mandar; Borges, Jahouh, Boumos, Fernandes, Bipin; Ogbeche.
The first meeting between the two was in the Hero Super Cup in 2018, which was won by the Red & Gold Brigade by 2-1. The second clash was the reverse fixture in the league on 1 December 2020, which was won by MCFC with a 3-0 scoreline. This will be the third game between the two sides.
Man To Watch
Bright Enobakhare (SC East Bengal)
Bright Enobakhare has added to the firepower in Robbie Fowler’s team since joining the side recently. The Nigerian made an instant impact and scored twice in his first two games. The 22-year-old will be a handful for MCFC’s defence, and will pose the biggest threat to them.
His tendency to drop deep and influence the build up play makes it tough for markers to contain the player. Bright also has the capability to drag defenders out of position, dodge them with silky dribbling skills and his movement inside the box is top-notch.
Ahmed Jahouh (Mumbai City)
The orchestrator in the middle of the park, Ahmed Jahouh is the most important element in everything that MCFC do. He keeps the ball moving, has pinpoint accuracy with long passes and is exquisite under pressure. He rarely gives the ball away and distributes the ball brilliantly to the wingers.
In order to stop MCFC from scoring, the opposition must contain the source of all their attacks. Ahmed Jahouh was exceptional against Hyderabad FC in the last game, and deservedly won the Hero of the Match award.
Did You Know?
- SCEB’s custodian Debjit Majumder has made the most saves in the competition yet (41).
- With 17 goals, Mumbai City FC are the highest goal scoring team at the moment.
- MCFC and SCEB are leading the charts for most cautions with 33 and 31 yellow cards respectively.
The match between SC East Bengal and Mumbai City FC is set to be telecast live on Star Sports 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 2 SD & HD (English), Star Sports Hindi 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 3 and several other regional languages. Live streaming of the match will be available on Hotstar and Jio TV.