As the race for the Indian Super League 2021-22 playoffs intensifies, Hyderabad FC (HFC) take on Mumbai City FC (MCFC) at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao on Saturday, March 5. The match will kick off at 9:30 PM IST.

HFC vs MCFC Dream11 prediction

Historically, defending champions Mumbai City FC hold a slight edge over Hyderabad, having enjoyed a better head-to-head record. In a total of five meetings, the Islanders have won two while losing just once with as many as two matches ending without a winner.

Interestingly, MCFC’s only defeat against HFC came in the ongoing season when goals from Joao Victor, Bartholomew Ogbeche and Rohit Danu guided the Nizams to a 3-1 win.

At this point in the league, Hyderabad have nothing to lose as they have already qualified for the playoffs. However, there is a lot at stake for Mumbai as anything apart from a win for them will end their title defence immediately. The Islanders need to win and then hope for a Kerala Blasters defeat on Sunday to finish the league phase in the top four.

HFC vs MCFC Dream11 team tips for Indian Super League 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

ISL’s all-time top scorer Bartholomew Ogbeche is an outright pick for a forward in this clash. Playing against his former team on Saturday, the 37-year-old will hope to make a strong impact and add to his fantasy points tally of 1,113. Ogbeche is the leading scorer this season with 17 strikes.

Top tip: Best midfielder

With Ahmed Jahoud still a doubt, HFC’s Joao Victor becomes an automatic pick for this contest. The 33-year-old, who has tallied 788 fantasy points, was direly missed in his side’s 0-3 defeat against Jamshedpur last time around. However, come Saturday, Joao is expected to play a crucial role from the heart of midfield as he looks to add to his five goals and an assist this season. 

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

Among the defenders who are certain to be a part of this contest, picking HFC’s Akash Mishra might prove out to be a coup. The 20-year-old young full-back has accrued 743 fantasy points this season and has made it to the Dream Team in each of his last four matches. He’s scored twice and provided three assists this season.

Finally, for a keeper, MCFC’s Mohammad Nawaz is likely to be the smarter pick as indicated by the 66.48 per cent fantasy players who have instilled their trust in him.

HFC vs MCFC probable playing XI

HFC playing XI (probable): Laxmikant Kattimani (goalkeeper); Nim Dorjee Tamang, Chinglensana Singh, Juanan, Akash Mishra; Joao Victor (captain), Souvik Chakrabarti; Mohammad Yasir, Joel Chianese, Rohit Danu; Bartholomew Ogbeche

MCFC playing XI (probable): Mohamad Nawaz (goalkeeper), Rahul Bheke, Mehtab Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Mourtada Fall (captain), Ahmed Jahouh, Bradden Inman, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Igor Angulo, Bipin Singh, Lalengmawia

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