Match 103 Preview: FC Goa to play for pride as Mumbai City FC chase semi-final berth

FC Goa will lock horns with Mumbai City FC in Match 103 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

The Gaurs, after having an upsetting season and not being able to break into top four, will look to conclude the season on a strong note. The Islanders, on the other hand, will look to put out their best performance to order to extend their title defence.

Form Guide

FC Goa: LDWLL

Having won just once in their last five matches, Derrick Pereira’s men sit ninth in the league standings with 18 points in 18 games.

Mumbai City FC: DWWLW

The reigning champions have returned to winning ways after their crucial 1-0 win over SC East Bengal in the last match. Having won three of their last five matches, Des Buckingham’s men are placed fourth in the league table with 28 points in 17 games.

Team News

In the FC Goa camp, a few players are injured and will be out for contention. 

In the Mumbai City FC camp, head coach Des Buckingham said in the press conference that Ahmed Jahouh could be in contention for Saturday’s game and will make the call on further advice from the medical team.

Head-To-Head:

Both sides have faced each other 19 times in the Hero ISL and FC Goa take the edge winning seven times while Mumbai City FC have won the encounter six times, with the remaining five matches have ended in draws.

Notably, FC Goa’s last win against Mumbai City FC came in the 2019-20 season in a 4-2 triumph. The Islanders have scored 23 goals in 19 matches against FC Goa, the most they have scored against a particular team in the Hero ISL.

Key Players

Mumbai City FC

Bipin Singh: The forward has scored six goals in the 2021-22 Hero ISL season for the Islanders and has four goal contributions (3G + 1A) in his last three games for Mumbai City FC. He is now only one goal away from equalling Modou Sougou’s record of 15 Hero ISL goals for the Islanders. The Indian forward has scored 14 goals from 61 matches for the Mumbai-based side.

Apuia: He has been brilliant this season following his move to the Islanders and as a result, started in every single match for the club in the league this season. He is one of the only three players to have started in every match for the Islanders in Hero ISL 2021-22 along with Bipin and Cassio Gabriel. His next appearance will be his 50th in the league.

FC Goa

Jorge Ortiz: The forward has been a source of joy for the Gaurs fans despite them not making it to the semi-finals. Ortiz has scored eight goals and provided five assists in his 14 matches so far. The Spaniard has failed to contribute a goal in only five of his 14 appearances in the Hero ISL 2021-22 season.

Brandon Fernandes: After arriving late into the season due to injury, Fernandes has made a mark with his skills and passing ability. In six games, the midfielder has provided an assist and has a passing accuracy of 74%.

Key Stats

A record at stakes

Jorge Ortiz is the third highest goalscorer in FC Goa’s Hero ISL history with 14 goals in 35 matches. With three more goals to his tally, the Spaniard will overtake Hugo Boumous to move into second place.

Match Timings and Telecast Details:

Match: FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC

Date: February 26, 2022

Venue: Athletic Stadium, Panaji, Goa

Kick-off time: 9.30 pm IST

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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