Defending champions Mumbai City FC (MCFC) will lock horns with Jamshedpur FC (JFC) in the 23rd match of Indian Super League 2021-22 at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, Goa on Thursday, December 9.

MCFC have been the most impressive side in this edition of ISL, winning three of their four matches under new head coach Des Buckingham. The Islanders currently lead the ISL 2021-22 standings with nine points.

On the other hand, Owen Coyle’s JFC - like Chennaiyin FC - are unbeaten in the tournament, with two wins and two draws. The Men of Steel are currently second in the standings with eight points from four matches and will leapfrog Mumbai to the summit with a win on Thursday.

MCFC vs JFC Dream11 prediction

Jamshedpur FC have an edge over Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, winning four of the eight matches played between these two sides. Mumbai, on the flip side, have managed two victories while two meetings have ended in draws. 

Based on form guide, MCFC will start as favourites against JFC on Thursday.

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

Top tip: Best forward

Last season's golden boot winner Igor Angulo has continued to impress in the ongoing edition of the ISL. The veteran Spanish forward has netted four goals in as many matches for Mumbai City, with one assist so far. Having accumulated 281 fantasy points this season, Angulo is a must-have in any fantasy football team.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Jamshedpur FC stunned ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 on Monday courtesy Alexandre Lima’s match-winning goal in the 84th minute. With his ability to control the game’s tempo in midfield, the 32-year-old Brazilian has been a standout player for Jamshedpur in ISL 8. Alexandre Lima is expected to play a pivotal role in helping JFC achieve maximum points from the Mumbai match.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

Mumbai City FC captain Mourtada Fall has been the undisputed star of the Mumbai City backline this season. The Senegalese has forged a formidable partnership with India international Rahul Bheke, with the Mumbai defence nearly impenetrable. In addition to making four tackles, six interceptions, and nine clearances for MCFC, Fall has two goals to his name. He will seek to keep a clean sheet against Jamshedpur on Thursday.

Rehenesh TP of Jamshedpur FC will be busier between the sticks than Mumbai’s Mohammad Nawaz. Having made six saves in his four matches so far, Rehenesh will be in the firing line against Igor Angulo and Bipin Singh and will be under pressure to make some crucial saves. In this way, the JFC custodian will have the opportunity to earn more fantasy points through his saves.

MCFC vs JFC probable playing XI

MCFC playing XI (probable): Mohammad Nawaz (goalkeeper), Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall (captain), Rahul Bheke, Mandar Rao Desai, Ahmed Jahouh, Lalengmawia Ralte, Vikram Pratap Singh, Cassinho, Bipin Singh, Igor Angulo

JFC playing XI (probable): Rehenesh TP (goalkeeper); Laldinliana Renthlei, Eli Sabia, Peter Hartley (captain), Ricky Lallawmawma; Seiminlen Doungel, Jitendra Singh, Alexandre Lima, Komal Thatal; Ishan Pandita, Nerijus Valskis

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