Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan promises to be a cracker of an encounter as the two most consistent teams come together to fight for the top spot in the league. After 109 games played in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), it all comes down to the final matchday to decide which team lifts the Hero ISL Shield and gets that coveted AFC Champions League spot.
There are plenty of subplots in this match so let’s dig deeper into the nuances of the biggest game of the league stage.
MUMBAI CITY FC
Before the season started, given the money which was spent on assembling this Mumbai City FC squad together, they were tipped to be the league champions. They found the machine of ATK Mohun Bagan against them and now find themselves three points behind the Mariners and only a win can get them the title they so eagerly want.
Sergio Lobera’s team faded in the business end of the competition and Hugo Boumous’ suspension had plenty to do with the drop in form for the Islanders. The team seems to be back at its best as they went on to clinch the biggest win of the season against the bottom-placed Odisha FC, 1-6.
The reverse fixture of Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan was a hard-fought game and a brilliant tactical battle between the two Spanish coaches. The Islanders just edged that match 0-1 but this match could be a different sort of an encounter given the price at stake.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN
Antonio Lopez Habas was extremely disappointed with the way the previous match against Hyderabad FC panned out as it was their golden chance to book the spot for the AFC Champions League for next season. Still, they are in pole position to top the league as they sit pretty on the top of the table and a draw could mean that the shield could be theirs for the taking.
ATK Mohun Bagan are the toughest team to score against as they have the least number of goals conceded so far in the league stage. But they are up against the best attack of the league in Mumbai City FC, a team that scores goals for fun. The first goal in this game could be the key as it’ll open up the contest. Till the first goal, you could expect a cagey sort of an encounter as both teams would be cautious of conceding a goal early on.
Mumbai City FC (4-2-3-1): Amrinder Singh (GK); Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Mehtab Singh, Mandar Rao Dessai; Raynier Fernandes, Ahmed Jahouh; Cy Goddard, Bipin Singh, Adam Le Fondre; Bartholomew Ogbeche
WHERE TO WATCH MUMBAI CITY FC VS ATK MOHUN BAGAN
The match between Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan will be broadcasted in India on February 28 from 7:30 PM IST in Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi, and their respective HD TV channels. You can also live stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.