ISL 2018-19: Jamshedpur vs Mumbai City: Match preview and prediction

Sayak Basu

ISL 2018-19: Jamshedpur vs Mumbai City: Match preview and prediction

08 Feb 2019: ISL 2018-19: Jamshedpur vs Mumbai City: Match preview and prediction

Jamshedpur will be hosting Mumbai City today in their return Indian Super League fixture.

While Jamshedpur are fifth on the league table currently with 20 points from 14 matches, Mumbai are second on the table with 27 points, only behind Bengaluru FC.

How will the battle between the two play-off aspirants be tonight?

Here we bring you our detailed match preview.

Jamshedpur: Are Jamshedpur ready for the match?

After remaining undefeated in their first seven matches, Jamshedpur faced some troubles.

This find themselves in the fifth spot even after losing only two matches and drawing another eight.

To their concern, legend Tim Cahill will be out of action today as well after suffering an injury.

They need to win the match to improve their chance of making into the play-offs.

Mumbai City: How are Mumbai looking before tomorrow's clash?

Mumbai have been strong this season, but are coming off a loss of 0-2 against FC Goa.

Modou Sougou remains a concern for them, and he might miss out on the action against Jamshedpur as well.

Paulo Machado and Matias Mirabaje will have to take on additional responsibility to see Mumbai through in the absence of Sougou.

Key players: Who will be the key players in tomorrow's encounter?

Mario Arques and Memo have proved themselves to be vital for Jamshedpur, and their link-up can surely create problems for Mumbai.

Both of these Jamshedpur players can help keep Jamshedpur the possession and create attacking chances.

Paulo Machado and Rafael Bastos will be the key for Mumbai in the match, and both have been good performers, providing ample goals and assists this season.

TV listing: Predicted line-up and TV listing

Jamshedpur: Pal, Gurung, Chaudhari, Tiri, D Singh, Memo, Arques, Jairu, Choudhary, Cidoncha, Passi.

Mumbai: Amrinder Singh, Chakrabarti, Goian, Ali, Bose, Issoko, Fernandes, Milan Singh, Machado, Mirabaje, Bastos.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 PM, and can be watched on the Star Sports network or live-streamed on Hotstar and Jio TV.

Prediction: How can the match turn out to be tomorrow?

Though Mumbai are the clear favorites to win the match tomorrow against Jamshedpur, things might not be that easy.

Jamshedpur have proven themselves to be a strong team, as they have just lost two matches throughout the season.

Mumbai can win the match if they manage to tuck in an early goal.

The match can be a 2-2 draw tonight.

Fantasy XI: What should be the ideal Fantasy XI for tomorrow's match?

With a 4-2-3-1 formation in mind, choose Subrata Pal as the goal-keeper.

Robin Gurung and Bose can be the left and right backs respectively with Tiri and Lucian Goian being the center-backs.

Arnold Issoko and Mario Arques can be the defensive midfielders, with Jairu, Milan Singh, and Choudhary being the mid-fielders.

Passi can be the ideal striker.