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Preview: Mumbai City, Odisha FC clash in bid to enter top four

Published at :February 12, 2022 at 11:49 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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Joseph Biswas

The Juggernauts clinched the reverse fixture aftr coming from two goals down.

A win to get back on track, reigning champions Mumbai City will hope they can continue the momentum and storm back into the top-four when they take on fellow aspirants Odisha FC in the Indian Super League at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday.

Mumbai City got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Chennaiyin FC to snap their seven-game winless run. They are in sixth position with 22 points from 14 games and another victory on Sunday could hurtle them back into the mix with the added advantage of having more games in hand than the likes of Hyderabad FC and Bengaluru FC.

In Odisha FC, Mumbai will face an opponent brimming with confidence after their win against SC East Bengal. They are seventh in the table having 21 points from 15 outings and a win for them too will bring them back in the top four.

The Stakes

Mumbai City FC

"Every game is very different. When you look at the table, yes there is one point that separates us and Odisha but there is one point between us and the teams in second place and one at the top. So it's a very tight league and every game we play from now on is going to be important to us," Mumbai coach Des Buckingham said.

Mourtada Fall and Ahmed Jahouh extended their contracts for Mumbai in this period, and Buckingham was asked about team captain Fall and what he brings to the table.

"Fall brings a lot to this group. He brings in true leadership on and off the field. Nobody really sees that other than us. He is a true leader."

For the Islanders, Lallianzuala Chhangte has come good since joining their ranks and impressed against his former side Chennaiyin FC, bagging the Hero of the Match award. Chhangte injects pace to the Mumbai final third and with Bipin Singh on the other flank, the likes of Igor Angulo and Cassio Gabriel just behind Angulo, get the support they need from the flanks.

Mumbai have also been effective from crosses of late, scoring eight goals from floaters till now, the joint-most by a team this season.

Odisha FC

Odisha’s defence will have to particularly be wary of the service from out wide from Bipin. Bipin's two assists have come from crosses and he also put in a cross that Pritam Kotal headed into his own net against ATK Mohun Bagan. Odisha have conceded a goal from a cross in two of their last three engagements.

"Both teams need three points if you want to be in the semifinals. So for both teams, it's an important match. The schedule is also tight. We play a game in two days' time. We have five matches to go so we need to be focused and perform well match after match," Odisha head coach Kino Garcia said.

The last time the two sides met, Odisha beat Mumbai 4-2 in one of their best results this season.

Team news

Mumbai City

Des Buckingham will once again have the full roster at his disposal as the Islanders don't have any injuries or suspensions on board. The manager will look to field his strongest starting XI.

Odisha FC

Kino Garcia wilI miss Thoiba Singh for the trip to Fatorda. The defender has been suspended after accumulating four yellow cards. Apart from him, Odisha FC neither have any injuries nor any suspensions to worry about.


Mumbai City FC and Odisha FC have faced each other 15 times in ISL history. The defending champions have won seven of those meetings, while the Juggernauts are not far behind with five victories. Three games have ended in draws.

In the reverse fixture, Odisha FC fought back from two goals down to beat the Islanders 4-2.

Probable Lineups:

Mumbai City (4-2-3-1): Mohammed Nawaz (GK); Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Rahul Bheke, Vignesh; Lalengmawia, Ahmed Jahouh; Vikram Pratap Singh, Cassinho, Bipin Singh; Igor Angulo.

Odisha FC (4-2-3-1): Arshdeep Singh (GK); Lalruatthara, Gaurav Bora, Victor Mongil, Hendry Antonay; Isaac, Paul ; Jerry, Javi Hernandez, Aridai1; Jonathas

Did You Know?

  • Unlike any other team so far this season, Odisha FC has the same number of losses and wins (six).
  • Odisha and Mumbai are only a point apart in the league rankings and a win will propel them all the way up to third place.
  • The Islanders currently hold an edge over the Juggernauts with seven wins after 15 matches.


The match between Mumbai City FC and Odisha FC will be played at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa, from 7:30 pm. The game will be telecasted live on the Star Sports Network. It will also be live-streamed on Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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