3 Things to Look Out for as Mumbai City FC Host FC Goa in the Indian Super League

The 17th game of this season's Indian Super League sees FC Goa visiting Mumbai to take on the Islanders on Thursday evening at the Mumbai Football Arena.

Both sides started well this season but withered off in the last couple of games. This clash is a chance for Mumbai and Goa to make a comeback into form.

Here are three things to look forward to from this encounter.....

3. FC Goa hold slight historical advantage

Past games between Mumbai City FC and FC Goa have been close encounters but despite that, there has been a gulf of a difference in terms of both sides' goalscoring against each other.

Up till now, the Islanders and the Gaurs have faced each other 12 times in the Indian Super League with the Gaurs winning five and Mumbai winning four games respectively.

As many as three games ended in draws with Mumbai scoring just 10 goals against the Gaurs, who netted 24 times in previous games between these two teams.

2. Intriguing midfield and forward battles

Both teams have incredible strength in their midfield and forward positions. FC Goa have with them the highest goalscorer in ISL history Ferran Corominas leading the line.

Mumbai City have Amine Chermiti, who has impressed so far this season.

However, this game could definitely be won in midfield.

FC Goa's anchors in midfield, Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous will be critical yet again against Mumbai City's midfield consisting of players like Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado, Serge Kevyn and Mohamed Larbi.

1. Key stats and probable XI from both sides

Key stats:

  • Mumbai are yet to score in the first half this season.
  • The Islanders have conceded five or more goals five times in the Hero ISL. Three of those have come against FC Goa.
  • Ferran Corominas has five goals in six matches against Mumbai.

Probable XI:

Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh (GK), Pratik Chaudhari, Subhasish Bose, Sarthak Golui, Valpuia, Mohammed Rafique, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado, Serge Kevyn, Mohamed Larbi, Amine Chermiti

FC Goa: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Dessai, Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes, Hugo Boumous, Ferran Corominas, Manvir Singh