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Mumbai City FC vs Punjab FC, Indian Super League 2023-2024, Today Match Prediction

Mumbai, Mumbai Football Arena

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An unbeaten Mumbai City take on a winless Punjab

  • Mumbai City are unbeaten after the first four games
  • Punjab FC are still looking for the first win of the season
  • This is the first meeting between Punjab FC and Mumbai City

Mumbai City to win 2-0

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: Mumbai, Mumbai Football Arena

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Mumbai City were disappointed to miss out on three points in the game against Hyderabad. Apart from the incredible physical exertion, the game will also have sucked a lot of mental energy out of the players. However, Mumbai City and Des Buckingham have had an extra day to prepare for the game against Punjab.

It continues to be a poor start to the season for Punjab FC, who are still waiting for the first win of the season. Staikos Vergetis witnessed a horror show from his players in the recent game against Chennaiyin. There might be a lot of work ahead for Punjab FC if they are to ensure a successful first season in the Indian Super League.

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Reasons to be cheerful

The team is yet to suffer a defeat

Strong resilience to almost secure a win over Hyderabad while largely playing with 10 men

Reasons to be fearful

Picked up just one win in the last three league outings

Lack of goals within the team

Mumbai City had to work extra hard for the points against Hyderabad in the last match but the result would have been a lot more different if not for the late goal conceded. The exertion of having to play for almost the entire 90 minutes with only 10 men might have an effect on the upcoming game.

Mumbai City are usually very strong when it comes to home fixtures. The team has lost only two ISL home games since February 2022.

Star man – Pereyra Diaz

Jorge Pereyra Diaz has been one of the top performers for Mumbai City in the first four games of the season. The Argentine has been the creative influence in the squad even if he has been unable to score in the last two matches for the team. So far in the 23-24 ISL campaign, the 33-year-old has four goals in four matches.

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Reasons to be cheerful 

Avoid any defeat in two of the last three matches

Reasons to be fearful

The defence produced a horror show in the recent game against Chennaiyin

Punjab have not picked up a victory yet

Punjab FC are in the midst of a lot of problems at the start of the new campaign. The team are still waiting for the first win of the season and a crushing loss against Chennaiyin is likely to be more or less the team even further. Even without a sending-off, Punjab could have suffered a similar defeat against Chennaiyin and it was the scale of their poor defensive performances.

Punjab still have a fierce test in the next few weeks as they only have one home match in the next four games.

Star man – Juan Meraz 

There have been very few positives for Punjab FC so far this season but Juan Meraz happens to be one among them. The Spaniard is yet to score in the ISL season but the former Sporting Gijon midfielder has been a decent player for the team. After scoring 10 goals in 18 appearances last season, the 29-year-old is keen for his first goal in the 2023-24 season.

Punjab have been terrible so far this season and they have only picked up two points from the possible 15. Even though Mumbai City are struggling to remain in the top six places, they are at least displaying a lot of resilience. 

The majority of the performance against Hyderabad will give manager Buckingham a lot of confidence. There are a handful of injury and suspension problems for both teams, but this is unlikely to affect the end product. Mumbai City are likely to go through yet another disappointing result.

Mumbai City to win 2-0

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Author: Bharath Ram