Defending champions Mumbai City FC (MCFC) open their Indian Super League 2021-22 season with a match against FC Goa (FCG) at Fatorda Stadium in Margao on Monday, November 22.

MCFC vs FCG Dream11 prediction

FC Goa, under Juan Ferrando’s reign, are fresh off from an exciting pre-season. The team rocked the 2021 edition of Durand Cup by lifting the trophy following a 1-0 win over Mohammedan in the final.

Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, has a lot to live up to and it will be interesting to see how their new head coach Des Buckingham will approach this match. They have lost some key players ahead of the season and their previous matches against FC Goa have been pretty tight as well; with three draws in their last five meetings.

Considering how inspiring FCG have looked in the pre-season, we expect them to come out on top on Monday.

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

Top tip: Best forward

Mumbai City FC forward Igor Angulo is arguably the best bet for a striker. Selected by a whopping 96.1 per cent of fantasy users, the 37-year-old striker will look for retribution against his former side after being frozen out. Angulo will be a sheer threat for the Goan defence.

Top tip: Best midfielder

FC Goa captain Edu Bedia has been selected by 91.56 per cent of fantasy managers and there’s absolutely no harm in going with the herd. Bedia, who scored the winning goal in the Durand Cup final, has been an inspirational figure for the team and is certain to make a difference on Monday.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

While Mourtada Fall is the most picked defender for this context, we recommend you to go with left-back Mandar Rao Dessai. At 8.5 credits, the 29-year-old full-back is a steal considering his experience of playing in the ISL. While he may not be a threat in front of the goal, his tackling and deliveries from wide areas will cause some damage to the FC Goa side.

For a goalkeeper, MCFC’s Mohammad Nawaz should be picked ahead of FC Goa’s Naveen Kumar as he is likely to be tested more than his counterpart, and more saves will yield more points.

MCFC vs FCG full squads

Mumbai City FC squad

Goalkeepers: Phurba Lachenpa, Mohammad Nawaz, Vikram Lakhbir Singh

Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Amey Ranawade, Mehtab Singh, Mohammad Rakip, Naocha Singh, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Mourtada Fall (captain), Valpuia, Mandar Rao Dessai

Midfielders: Cassio Gabriel, Brad Inman, Ahmed Jahouh, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Naorem Tondomba Singh, Chanso Horam, Asif Khan, Lalengmawia

Forwards: Vikram Partap Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Igor Angulo, Bipin Singh, Ygor Catatau, Pranjal Bhumij

FC Goa full squad

Goalkeepers: Naveen Kumar, Hrithik Tiwari, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem 

Defenders: Leander D'Cunha, Saviour Gama, Sanson Pereira, Dylan Fox, Lalmangaihsanga (Papuia), Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez, Aibanbha Dohling, Mohamed Ali 

Midfielders: Edu Bedia (captain), Muhammed Nemil, Alberto Noguera, Princeton Rebello, Danstan Fernandes, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Redeem Tlang, Nongdamba Naorem, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Makan Winkle Chote, Christy Davis, Flan Gomes 

Forwards: Devendra Murgaonkar, Jorge Ortiz, Airam Cabrera

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