Match 30 preview: Unbeaten Chennaiyin FC face acid test against table toppers Mumbai City FC
The only unbeaten team in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22, Chennaiyin FC, will go head-to-head against table toppers Mumbai City FC at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday making it a must-watch battle.
The two clubs have looked as the team to beat this season with commanding performances that have kept them consistently in the hunt for a top-four spot in the standings.
Mumbai City FC arrive in this contest with a win on their back against Jamshedpur FC while Chennaiyin FC played out a hard fought draw against ATK Mohun Bagan.
Mumbai City FC
The reigning champions have fared well in the five matches they have played this season as they strive to defend the title. Mumbai City FC sit pretty at the top of the table with twelve points that includes four wins and one loss with the best goal difference of nine in the league .
The club is yet to taste defeat as they remain undefeated in their last five encounters. Chennaiyin FC have comprehensively paved their way to find themselves in the top three with two wins and two draws this season while conceding the least goals.
The two clubs have faced each other on 14 occasions previously and it has remained neck-and-neck with Chennaiyin FC claiming six wins while Mumbai City FC managing five.
Mumbai City FC’s Rowllin Borges picked up a hamstring injury in preseason that has kept him away from the starting XI but with Ahmed Jahouh and Lalengmawia solidifying that front, breaking into the XI will not be as straightforward for the midfielder. Meanwhile, the news from the Chennaiyin FC camp is that Rafael Crivellaro is still recovering and he won’t be available for selection.
Last man standing: Chennaiyin FC are the only remaining team to be unbeaten. They are also the only team to have more than one clean sheet -- one against Hyderabad FC and the other with SC East Bengal.
Potent attack v Tight defence: Mumbai City FC have scored the most goals (16) in this season so far. Chennaiyin FC have scored the least goals (4) in this season so far. However, Chennaiyin FC have conceded the least goals (2) in this season so far.
Mumbai City FC
Igor Angulo: He remains Mumbai City FC’s key man in attack, starting every match and with over 400 minutes game time. He is also the joint-highest goal scorer in the league with five goals in the bag.
Amey Ganesh: The defender will play an important part in keeping Chennaiyin FC at bay with sharp tackles and key interceptions. He has so far managed 18 tackles, 7 blocks and 8 interceptions.
Vladimir Koman: The striker has shown the ability to capitalise on key moments and convert them into goal scoring opportunities. With two goals in his bag, Koman would aim to add to his tally against Mumbai City FC.
Reagan Singh: Guarding Chennaiyin’s defence line, Reagan has played the full 90 minutes in every match this season with 17 tackles, 14 clearances and 7 interceptions in total.
Match timings and telecast details
Match: Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC
Date: 15th December 2021
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Hindi Commentary on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 regional channels - Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.