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Hero ISL Matchday Fixture – 11 Feb

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Mumbai City FC Vs Hyderabad FC

Mumbai City FC are six points away from winning the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) Winners Shield as they take on FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday. With a win, the Islanders could also seal the title if Hyderabad FC lose against Odisha FC on Friday. FC Goa, meanwhile, will be looking to capitalise on ATK Mohun Bagan’s drop in form by taking their place in the top four. But for that, the Gaurs will have to do something that no team has done this season – beat the Islanders.

In the last four games, FC Goa have drawn two and won two. The Gaurs will be eager to extend this unbeaten streak to five games to give themselves a narrow advantage in the playoff race. Last week, after a positive start, they were held to a 1-1 draw in Odisha.

In the last five games at home, FC Goa have won four and lost just one. In those five games, Carlos Pena’s men have scored 13 goals. Noah Sadaoui has been key to this – the Moroccan has seven goals and seven assists this season. Iker Guarrotxena is still the club’s leading goal scorer this season with ten goals. Edu Bedia served his suspension in the last game and will be fit and available for the crunch encounter against Mumbai City FC. 

Bengaluru FC Vs Kerala Blasters FC

Three points, bragging rights, and various sub-plots of the playoff race will be at stake when arch-rivals Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters meet in a high-intensity Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday. A win for the Blasters will confirm their qualification for the playoffs, while the Blues have a chance to pull further clear of Odisha FC in the skirmish for sixth place.

Bengaluru FC’s resurgence with five wins on the trot has seen them break into the playoff spots over the last few weeks. Last week, Simon Grayson’s men kept their winning streak intact with their maiden Hero ISL victory against ATK Mohun Bagan. Bengaluru FC have scored 13 goals in the last five matches but have only kept one clean sheet during this stint.

The top goal contributors for Bengaluru FC this season, Javi Hernandez and Roy Krishna, were on target last week. Hernandez has scored five and assisted three, while Krishna has scored four and assisted four. Midfielder Suresh Wangjam picked up his fourth yellow card of the season and will miss this game.