Match 67 Preview: Jamshedpur FC eye top spot as Mumbai City FC look to end winless run
Jamshedpur FC will lock horns with Mumbai City FC in match 67 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season on Friday at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.
Jamshedpur FC have fought their way back to the top four after two back-to-back wins in their last two games.
Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, go into this game after a 3-0 defeat against Bengaluru FC in their last game.
The Men of Steel have a chance to go top of the table once again if they secure all three points while Mumbai City FC can secure the second spot if they manage to win this fixture.
Jamshedpur FC: DDLWW
Owen Coyle’s men sit second in the league table with 19 points, having five wins, four draws, and two losses.
Mumbai City FC: LDLDL
The Islanders have been struggling to end their 5-game winless run as they sit fourth in the league standings with 17 points, collecting five wins, two draws, and four losses.
Mumbai City FC triumphed over Jamshedpur FC in a 4-2 win in the reverse fixture of this season. But in terms of overall head-to-head record, the Men of Steel take the edge with four wins while the Islanders have lodged three wins, with the remaining two fixtures ending in draws.
First goal for the win?
Jamshedpur FC have not lost after scoring the first goal in the match (4 wins, 2 draws). Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, have won 100% of their games after scoring first this season.
Jamshedpur FC’s deadly attack
Jamshedpur FC have scored 11 goals via set pieces this season, joint highest in the league along with Bengaluru FC (11). Seven of those set-piece goals have been from free kicks and three of them from corners. No team has scored more goals from free kick situations than Jamshedpur FC this season.
Mumbai City FC’s troublesome defence
They have conceded 13 goals in their last five matches. They have conceded three goals in each four of their five matches. In the six matches before the winless run started, they conceded more than two goals in a match only once. The Islanders conceded seven goals in the first 6 matches of the season.
Jordan Murray: The forward has been a crucial part of the Jamshedpur FC attack as he is capable of building up the play while also making runs in the box. The 26-year-old has registered two goals in ten games.
Ishan Pandita: Pandita’s late winner in the last game shows the potential he possesses. Having scored six goals in Hero ISL, all his six league goals have come after the 80th minute mark. He seems to have a knack of scoring clutch goals. The forward has won his team nine points due to his goals in Hero ISL. Pandita is yet to lose a game in which he has scored.
Mumbai City FC
Ahmed Jahouh: The midfielder tops the list for making the most passes (790), tackles (69), and joint-most assists (6) in the league. A sniper in the midfield, Jahouh has also netted twice in ten games and boasts the most touches taken by any player in the league (975). Defensively, the midfielder has made 69 tackles, 23 interceptions, 20 clearances, and 14 blocks.
Amey Ranawade: The defender has been pivotal in the backline for Mumbai City FC. The 23-year-old is excellent at breaking down opposition’s attack, and has made 29 tackles, 16 clearances, 15 interceptions, and 15 blocks.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: Jamshedpur FC vs Mumbai City FC
Date: 21st January 2022
Venue: Athletic Stadium, Panaji, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar, and JioTV.