The fixture will witness a clash between the top two sides of the league.
If Bengaluru FC have remained unbeaten so far in the competition and proved they are the best team in the league, Mumbai City FC is also quite a story in the Hero Indian Super League.
Mumbai FC were thrashed 0-5 by FC Goa at Fatorda but since then the transformation that they have had is amazing. They are unbeaten for six matches in a row, winning five of them. That has propelled them to second on the table, and now that they have climbed so high up, they will look to display Bengaluru FC from the top when they face them at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, on Sunday.
It will not be easy against Blues, the only unbeaten team in the league. Should Bengaluru FC manage to avoid defeat, they would have faced all the teams participating in the ISL and still managed to maintain their unbeaten start – a rare achievement
Carles Cuadrat (Bengaluru FC)
“We have had to play against the team placed second so many times. It is a challenge when we face the team placed so many times. It’s nice that (other) teams see us as a challenge. I hope that we can have a very good game tomorrow,” said Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat.
Though Bengaluru have struggled to find their free-scoring ways in the absence of Venezuelan hitman Miku, the likes of Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh have stepped up. Bhutanese forward Chencho Gyeltshen also made an impact, popping up with a brilliant equaliser to salvage a draw and their record against NorthEast United in the last match.
Bengaluru have scored six goals after the 75th minute, showcasing their persistence in attack. In fact, they netted late winners against Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City – a trait Jorge Costa’s Mumbai City need to be aware of and not lose focus until the end of the match.
Jorge Costa (Mumbai City FC)
“I know what we have to do tomorrow. I have not found any weak points in Bengaluru side. They are very good individually and as a team. Having said all this, I want to go home with three points and I think we can to it,” said Mumbai City coach Jorge Costa.
It will be return of sorts for Joyner Lourenco, who struggled to break into the first team last season, and has been an integral part of Mumbai City’s resurgence. Since he has joined the club, they have won five of their last six matches.
Subashish Bose too would look to put in a splendid display after he was let go by the Bengaluru-based club, despite featuring in almost every game last season.
The game shall also witness a battle between potentially two of the best goalkeepers in India as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Amrinder Singh guard their respective goals
Apart from Miku, the Blues do not have any major injury concerns at the moment and Carles Cuadrat will have the services of his entire squad against the Islanders.
Mumbai City FC
The Islanders are expected to retain the same squad against Bengaluru which played against Chennaiyin few days before.
Bengaluru FC- Sandhu (GK), Bheke, Serran, Juanan, Khabra, Kumar, Udanta, Xisco , Delgado, Chenco, Chhetri.
Mumbai City FC- Amrinder (GK), Souvik, Goian, Lourenco, Bose, Issoko, Raynier, Sehnaj, Machado, Sougou, Bastos.
Did You Know?
Out of the 23 points Bengaluru have till now, seven points have come from goals in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Mumbai City are currently on their best ever unbeaten streak in their history (six games)
Mumbai City’s Amrinder Singh has the most clean sheets (five) this season compared to Bengaluru’s Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (three).
The match will take place on Sunday at 7:30 PM at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. On television, the match will be live on Star Sports. Meanwhile, it will also be streamed on Hotstar and Jio TV.