Mumbai City FC will look to kick-start their Indian Super League campaign in style when they host Jamshedpur FC at The Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday. Both sides failed to make it to the playoffs in the 2017/18 edition and are in dire need for improvement.
A clash of two determined teams willing to put everything on the line. Here are three things to look forward to as Jamshedpur pay Mumbai a visit:
3. A Plethora of Changes for Both Sides
After failing to break into the play-offs last season, both sides have heavily revamped over the summer.
The hosts, Mumbai City, have appointed Jorge Costa as head coach and are banking on the Portuguese's experience to go deep into the tournament. The Islanders were consistently leaking goals last season, but should fare a bit better this time round. With Lucian Goian, Subhasish Bose and Marko Klisura at the back, Jamshedpur could be in for an uncomfortable evening.
Jamshedpur, on the other hand, already possess one of the best defensive line-ups in the league, and under new boss, Cesar Ferrando, expect them to take the game to Mumbai City. Their midfield has also been bolstered with the addition of Pablo Morgado and Carlos Calvo, and their attack is not too shabby either. With Tim Cahill out, Sumeet Passi and Sergio Cidoncha could end up leading their attack.
2. Probable Line-ups
Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh, Marko Klisura, Shouvik Ghosh, Anwar Ali, Arnold Issoko, Mohammed Rafique, Bipin Singh, Matias Mirabaje, Sanju Pradhan, Alen Deory, Rafael Bastos
Jamshedpur FC: Subhasish Roy, Yumnam Raju, Tiri, Raju Gaikwad, Karan Amin, Michael Soosairaj, Carlos Calvo, Pablo Morgado, Jerry Mawhmingthanga, Sumeet Passi, Sergio Cidoncha
Considering the flurry of changes, picking a favourite is almost impossible. Going by last season's form, we could end up seeing a frustrated Mumbai City, but in front of their own crowd, they most certainly will give their all to nick a win.
Jamshedpur, too, have their fair share of firepower, but we don't see them pulling one over the hosts. We predict a 2-1 win for Mumbai City FC.