Match 48 Preview: Struggling Odisha FC face off against league leaders Mumbai City

Odisha FC and Mumbai City FC will lock horns in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 on Monday at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama, Goa.

Mumbai City FC's defense has looked fragile in their last two matches that include a loss against Kerala Blasters and a 3-3 draw against NorthEast United FC. The Islanders will look to improve on that front on Monday.

Odisha suffered a heavy loss to Hyderabad FC in their last outing, underlining their drop in form since the first few games when they looked very good.

Form Guide

Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City remain top of the Hero ISL despite picking up a single point from their last two games. Des Buckingham's side has conceded three goals in each of their last two games - a 3-0 defeat to Kerala Blasters and a 3-3 draw with Northeast United FC. The reigning champions had won four in a row prior to that.

Odisha FC

Odisha's early season form has disappeared with Kiko Ramirez's side losing three of their last four matches. The Kalinga Warriors went down 4-0 to Jamshedpur and 2-1 to Chennaiyin before drawing 1-1 with Goa on Christmas Eve. But the biggest nightmare came on December 28 when they were thumped 6-1 by Hyderabad.

Team News

Both managers didn't report any fresh injury concern ahead of the match.

Head to Head

Mumbai City holds a 7-4 head-to-head record over Odisha FC with three draws in the 14 previous meetings. The Islanders did the double-over Odisha last season with 2-0 and 6-1 wins.

Key Stats

Mumbai City FC 

Masters in scoring open play goals

Mumbai City has scored the most number of goals (21) so far this season. The most number of goals(11) came from the open play area.

Odisha FC

Odisha FC set-piece woes 

Odisha FC has conceded 11 goals from their set-pieces, which is the highest among all teams in the tournament.

Key Players 

Mumbai City FC

Ahmed Jahouh: The Moroccan footballer has provided five assists - the most by any player this season, apart from netting once. In the eight matches he featured this season, Jahouh has completed 609 passes - also the highest by any player.

Amey Ranawade: The defender has appeared in eight games and made 11 clearances, 23 tackles, 12 blocks, and 12 interceptions.

Odisha FC

Javier Hernandez: The Kalinga Warriors midfielder would like to continue his season form against MCFC. He has scored 4 goals and assisted 2 times so far.

Lalruatthara: The 26-year-old defender has been rock solid for Odisha FC this season, he made 11 clearance, 26 tackles, 12 blocks, and nine interceptions.

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Match: Odisha FC vs Mumbai City FC 

Date: 3rd January 2022

Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama, Goa.

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports 3

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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