Des Buckingham's Mumbai City FC will take on Owen Coyle's Jamshedpur FC in Indian Super League 2021-22 on Thursday, December 9 at Fatorda Stadium. Owen Coyle's men will reach out for the top while the Islanders hope to retain it.
Soaring high from their dominant win against ATK Mohun Bagan FC, the Men of Steel will look forward to retaining their unbeaten run. While Buckingham's side will work to keep up their momentum after recently sinking Bengaluru FC 3-1. As the most creative attack face the most standout defence in the tournament, a high voltage clash can be expected for the encounter. We here at The Bridge list out some more things that we can expect from the encounter.
A test of withstanding pressure
A highly-strung fest is to be expected when a very underrated Owen Coyle's experience will be faced by the young tactician Des Buckingham. With both sides being known for their high pressing it will be a show to watch which side falters to the pressure sooner giving away their much-reputed dominance. While Jamshedpur FC is still unbeaten in the tournament, a win for the Islanders will not only end the run but will establish them as a force to be reckoned with.
Contest of Indian youngsters
While Owen Coyle resonates the reason for the Red Miners success in the tournament so far, Mumbai City FC boasts of the same. As the talented likes of Vikram Pratap Singh, Apuia face the agile Komal Thatal and Jitendra Singh, the Indian football fans could be nothing but proud of their Blue Colts.
With Jitendra Singh and Vikram Pratap Singh both dropping terrific performances against ATK Mohun Bagan, the fans can hardly contain their excitement as the most brilliant youngsters face each other.
Jamshedpur's defence to go through the biggest challenge
Jamshedpur FC's defence had already established themselves as a stand-out force. Containing players like Roy Krishna, Manvir Singh and Hugo Boumous for more than 90 minutes was a stellar show.
However, they are yet to withstand the creative threat of Igor Angulo and Vikram Pratap Singh backed by the creative likes of Cassinho and Ygor Catatau. Along with the threat of prolific strikers, Mumbai City FC also brings the threat of set pieces through the likes of Ahmed Jahouh and Mourtada Fall.
Thus it will be an enticing affair to watch how the Red Miners contain the most outstanding attack of the tournament.
Greg Stewart-Nerijus Valaskis continue to be a threat
The attacking duo of Greg Stewart and Nerijus Valaskis will continue to be a threat to Des Buckingham's men as they did for all other defences. But with a guardian like Mourtada Fall, Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade and Mandar Rao Desai at the back, the Mumbai City defence can be a bit too strong for Stewart and Valaskis to pierce through. Thus the JFC duo now has a tough test to overcome if they eye to bag the top spot.
Jamshedpur FC's haunting wastefulness upfront
Jamshedpur FC's lack of finishing has forced them to drop a lot of points in the games so far. Their wins would have been extended by a fair margin if the finishing had been more clinical upfront. If the case continues to be so against Mumbai City FC, the Red Miners will have no one but to blame themselves for losing points.
With an opponent side having prolific goalscorers like Igor Angulo, Bipin Singh and Vikram Pratap Singh who can clinch goals within the slightest of spaces, Jamshedpur FC will have a lot to think about if their wastefulness in front of the goal is not worked on.
Possible line ups
Jamshedpur FC ( 4-4-2): TP Rehenesh (GK), Laldinliana, Hartley(C), Eli Sabia, Ricky, Seiminlen, Pronay, Jitendra, Thatal, Greg Stewart, Nerijus Valskis.
Mumbai City FC ( 4-2-3-1): Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Amey Ranawade, Rahul Bheke, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Dessai, Lalengmawia, Ahmed Jahouh, Cassinho, Vikram Pratap Singh, Bipin Singh, Igor Angulo.
The match will be telecasted live on Star Sports Network, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV 7:30 pm IST onwards