The ISL is back after a 12-day break, and the Islanders will be looking to reclaim the top spot as they face Kerala, who picked their first win in their last match.
Sergio Lobera’s side are unbeaten in their last six matches, scoring in all of them (11 in all) and keeping four clean sheets. They have also conceded the least number of goals - three. The Blasters were on a winless streak until their last game against Hyderabad FC, and will be hoping to continue their momentum into the New Year.
Venue and Telecast details:
Venue: GMC Stadium, Bambolim, Goa
Time: 7:30pm IST
English Telecast: Star Sports 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 2 SD & HD
Hindi Telecast: Star Sports Hindi 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 3, Star Gold 2
Live Stream: Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV
Mumbai City FC
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Nishit Shetty, Vikram Singh, Phurba Lachenpa
Defenders: Amey Ranawade, Valpuia, Mourtada Fall, Mehtab Singh, Mandar Rao Dessai, Tondonba Singh, Mohamad Rakip, Sarthak Golui
Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Bidyananda Singh, Bipin Singh, Hernan Santana, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Sourav Das, Hugo Boumous, Cy Goddard, Asif Khan, Farukh Choudhary, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Vikram Partap Singh, Pranjal Bhumij
Forwards: Adam Le Fondre, Bartholomew Ogbeche
Key Players: Hugo Boumous and Adam le Fondre
Kerala Blasters FC
Goalkeepers: Albino Gomes, Bilal Husain Khan, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Muheet Khan
Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu, Nishu Kumar, Bakary Kone, Jessel Carneiro, Sandeep Singh, Abdul Hakku, Lalruatthara
Midfielders: Sergio Cidoncha, Sahal Abdul Samad, Vicente Gomez, Seityasen Singh, Rahul KP, Givson Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Yondrembem Denechandra, Nongdamba Naorem, Arjun Jayaraj, Ayush Adhikari, Jeakson Singh, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Ritwik Das, Rohit Kumar
Forwards: Gary Hooper, Jordan Murray, Facundo Pereyra, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Shaiborlang Kharpan
Key Players: Jordan Murray and Facundo Pereyra
Prediction: Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters FC have faced each other 12 times in the ISL, with the Islanders coming out on top with four wins, while the Blasters have just two. Sergio Lobera's men should have an easy outing in the year's first ISL fixture.
We predict a 2-1 win to Mumbai City FC.