Thursday night sees a mid-table clash between Mumbai City and Jamshedpur. Both teams will be wanting to win this game as they are only split by two points and either team could move into the play-off positions. Jake, I am sure, will be rooting for Steve Coppell’s side as he seems to have a weird obsession with the bloke. I’d get out now, whilst you still can Steve! Anyway, into the game and. More importantly, the stats.
Mumbai goes into the game sitting 6th in the table, two points behind their opponents and 4th place Goa. They have scored eighteen goals this season, which isn’t bad, and conceded sixteen, also fairly average. They come into the game with mixed form, winning two, losing two, and drawing one in their last five.
They have been involved in some goal fests recently, especially their last game when they beat Goa 4-3 in a game of the season contender. A couple of stats for the betting readers, Mumbai haven’t kept a clean sheet in their previous four and there have been over 2.5 goals in five of their last six games. Jake, I feel that is a contender for a house bet!
Jamshedpur will arrive in Mumbai sitting above their hosts in 5th, joint 4th with Goa. They are two points clear of their opponents and a win could see them go joint 3rd with Pune. They have scored twelve goals over the season and conceded eleven, which isn’t a bad defensive record but it’s a poor offensive record. They come into the game in fairly good form, after winning three and losing two of their previous five games.
Another couple of stats for the betting readers, both teams have scored in the five of the last six when Jamshedpur have been involved, also over 2.5 goals have been scored in five of their last six games. Come on Jake, it’s crying out at you!
The last time these two met was at the start of January. The game ended 2-2 and the game itself was fairly entertaining. The game saw two players producing a brace and a draw was probably a fair result. Jamshedpur just edged the possession stat with 51%, however, they dominated the shots stats having twenty shots altogether, double of their opponents ten.
I am sure neither manager would like a draw, as they need every win possible to sneak into the play-off places, however, if you offered the managers a point before the game, they would think about taking it.
The Game Itself…
The game should be fairly entertaining, if they can both produce similar performances to their previous encounter, then we are in for a good game. Like is said previously, Mumbai have been involved in some quality game recently so, hopefully, that streak doesn’t end anytime soon.
I feel like Jamshedpur will put in another brilliant defensive performance, however, this may be broken down by Mumbai because of their goal scoring record recently. I am sure, Coppell is aware of this and he may go out to attack Mumbai and take them by surprise.
This is a tough one this week, as both teams have a few impactful players within their ranks. One player who always pops up is Jerry, the young kid is playing fantastically this year, but I feel he won’t be the key player in this game.
Another I was thinking about was Mumbai’s star Thiago Santos, last time out he scored one and created another, something he has constantly done this season. However, I also didn’t choose him.
I have gone with a curveball this week and chose Jamshedpur’s Wellington Priori. Since signing, Wellington has really shown his class in the middle of the pitch, both attacking and defending, the lad can do it all, and you can tell why Coppell scooped him up. He breaks down so many attacks and then turns them into chances for his team, and this is essential to how Jamshedpur play. He may not score in the game but watch him closely and you’ll see why I have picked him.
I will simply leave you with this. I have gone with a 2-1 wing for Mumbai, mainly because of their recent performances, but this is a very close game that won’t produce any surprises. Mumbai win, not a surprise. Jamshedpur win, not a surprise. They draw, like last time, not a surprise. Now I have said that one team will go and win 7-0, and there’s no denying that’s a surprise.