Match 100 Preview: Mumbai City need to find form against a solid Jamshedpur FC side
Mumbai City FC take on Jamshedpur FC in the 100th match of the 2020-21 Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Saturday. Both teams were beaten in the last round of fixtures. Jamshedpur FC lost by a single goal against current table-toppers ATK Mohun Bagan, while the Islanders were stunned 4-2 by Bengaluru FC.
Jamshedpur FC almost secured a win over the Mariners if not for some sharp goalkeeping. Nerijus Valskis had the best opportunity for his team after coming off the bench but was denied by Arindam Bhattacharja before Roy Krishna scored the winner for the Mariners. Jamshedpur FC will need to make the most of their chances playing against a Mumbai City defence who have been leaky in their recent run.
A positive for Jamshedpur FC going into this game will be their solid defence. TP Rehenesh has kept seven clean sheets for his side this season and four in their last six games. He is ably supported by the defensive pairing of Stephen Eze and Peter Hartley and it was a defence-splitting pass from David Williams that helped break the deadlock for the Mariners in what was an otherwise solid defensive performance from Owen Coyle’s men.
"...I think the lads must look to apply themselves and make sure we finish strong -- get six points [from their last two games] with three teams fighting for that fourth spot with 27 points and we have the same chance of reaching that total, with Bengaluru FC just above us but we still have to play them. So there's a lot to play for and we have to be focused and concentrated against a very good side," Coyle said ahead of the game.
Mumbai City, on the other hand, have not kept a clean sheet in their last five matches. During this run of five games, they have conceded 11 goals, registering two losses, two draws and only one win (over Kerala Blasters FC). However, a bigger concern that Sergio Lobera will look to address ahead of this game is their missed chances in the attacking third.
The Islanders shipped four goals in their last match but only scored two. Thirteen of their 20 shots were off target, and seven were on target. “Jamshedpur is a very good and strong team. Defensively, it is very difficult to find spaces in their half. To win a game, you need to work as a team. They are not only about one player. Our focus is on playing against a very good team,” head coach Lobera said ahead of the match.
Earlier in the season in the reverse fixture in mid-December, Nigerian forward Bartholomew Ogbeche scored the equaliser after Valskis had put Jamshedpur FC in the lead. Since then, Mumbai City have secured a spot in the semi-finals and are fighting for the top spot in the league standings. Things, however, have not been great for Jamshedpur and even though mathematically they are still in the race for the semis, their chances of progressing beyond the league stage are very slim.
Mumbai City FC
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Nishit Shetty, Vikram Singh, Phurba Lachenpa
Defenders: Amey Ranawade, Valpuia, Mourtada Fall, Mehtab Singh, Mandar Rao Dessai, Tondonba Singh, Mohamad Rakip
Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Bidyananda Singh, Bipin Singh, Hernan Santana, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Hugo Boumous, Cy Goddard, Asif Khan, Jackichand Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Vikram Partap Singh, Pranjal Bhumij
Forwards: Adam Le Fondre, Bartholomew Ogbeche
Goalkeepers: Pawan Kumar, Niraj Kumar, TP Rehenesh, Raj Mahato, Vishal Yadav
Defenders: Narender Gahlot, Joyner Lourenco, Ricky Lallawmawma, Sandip Mandi, Laldinliana Renthlei, Karan Amin, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Subhash Barua, Manash Protim Gogoi, Boris Singh
Midfielders: Aitor Monroy, Alexandre Lima, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Mohammad Mobashir, Jitendra Singh, Gaurab, Manisana Singh, Harsha Parui, Gorachand Mamdi, Billu Teli, Seiminlen Doungel
Forwards: Nerijus Valskis, William Lalnunfela, Nicholas Fitzgerald, David Grande, Sapam Kennedy, Bhupender Singh, Aniket Jadhav, Farukh Choudhary
Live Broadcast Schedule:
Hero ISL 2020-21 Match 100: Mumbai City FC vs Jamshedpur FC
Date: February 20 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 PM onwards
Channels: Star Sports Network
Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV