NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) will take on defending champions Mumbai City FC (MCFC) in match 42 of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Monday, December 27.

Khalid Jamil’s NEUFC have struggled in the ongoing edition of ISL, registering two wins, one draw and five defeats. The Highlanders are currently languishing ninth in the ISL 2021-22 standings with seven points from eight matches. 

On the other hand, MCFC suffered a 0-3 defeat against Kerala Blasters FC in their last fixture as the Tuskers ended Islanders' four-match unbeaten streak. With 15 points from seven matches, MCFC are currently leading the ISL standings.

NEUFC vs MCFC Dream11 prediction

Mumbai City FC hold a slight advantage over NorthEast United FC in the head-to-head record in ISL, winning seven of the 14 matches played between these two sides while the Highlanders have claimed five victories. Two matches have ended in stalemates. Going by recent form and past head-to-head record, MCFC are fancied to bag maximum points from this fixture on Monday. 

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

Top tip: Best forward

Mumbai City FC striker Igor Angulo has been one of the standout players of ISL 2021-22. The 37-year-old has scored five goals and provided one assist in seven matches this season. The ISL 2020-21 Golden Boot winner has already accumulated 357 fantasy points and is likely to add more points to his tally against struggling NorthEast United.

Top tip: Best midfielder

V.P. Suhair has been the most impressive player for NorthEast United FC this season. The former Gokulam Kerala FC footballer has netted three goals and bagged one assist in eight matches. Having accrued 436 fantasy points, Suhair will be a great fantasy pick for this fixture at 9 credits.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

Among the defenders, picking Mumbai City FC captain Mourtada Fall in the fantasy football team is a no-brainer. The 34-year-old Senegalese has been rock solid at the back for the Islanders, forming a formidable centre-back partnership with Rahul Bheke. Apart from his defensive duties, Fall has also scored two valuable goals in ISL 8.

Between the sticks, Mumbai City FC's Mohammad Nawaz will be the overwhelming choice over Mirshad Michu of NorthEast United FC. Nawaz has kept two clean sheets this season and will be a key player for the reigning champions on Monday. Considering the form of both sides, Nawaz has a much better chance of keeping a clean sheet against struggling NorthEast United FC

NEUFC vs MCFC probable playing XI

NEUFC playing XI (probable): Mirshad Michu (goalkeeper), Provat Lakra, Hernán Santana, Patrick Flottmann, Gurjinder Kumar, V.P. Suhair, Khassa Camara, Imran Khan, Rochharzela, Mathias Coureur, Lalkhawpuimawia

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

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