The Game of Jekyll & Hyde: Mumbai City FC vs. Bengaluru FC Preview

Both Teams are Blowing Hot and Cold…

Most previews tend to focus on the last games of the contending teams to determine their “forms”. But, form by definition is how the teams have been performing in the last few games. Generally, I would analyse the last 4 to 5 games but I find that excessive since every Indian Super League franchise only plays 18 games total. I feel looking back at the last 2 games provides a good education on the two teams’ forms. Looked at through that lens, both Mumbai City FC and Bengaluru FC are blowing hot and cold. Continue reading

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Passing Experts to Exchange Notes: Delhi Dynamos FC vs. FC Goa Preview

Delhi Dynamos to Be Given a Lesson in the Art of the End Product by FC Goa

This is a meeting of the passing experts of the Indian Super League. Both teams are prolific passers. They like to build their attacks from the back, stroke the ball around the midfield and only then move into attack. They’re alike because they like to pass but are they really alike in how they play? You may think that this is a cryptic question but once I explain, you’ll see what I mean. For that, though, you’ll have to do some reading… Continue reading

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Top of the Table on the Line: FC Pune City vs. Bengaluru FC Preview

Time to Prove Title Credentials

It isn’t often that you see a top of the table clash but feel certain that you know who’ll win it. Generally speaking, teams at the top end of the table are close enough for you to be unsure about predicting the result. As I write this, I have a fair idea of who will win this game but hold on my dear Watson, it isn’t so elementary. Continue reading

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KBFC Primed to Take Off: Kerala Blasters FC vs. Mumbai City FC Preview

Third Time Lucky For First KBFC Goal?

How do you not score for 180 minutes with Dimitar Berbatov and Iain Hume in your team? How do you decide to defend for 75 minutes and still lose the game in the last few minutes? How do you unlock a 5 man defence with 2 shields? How do you cope with a mountain of stubborn fans urging you to make a mistake? Some pertinent questions for this game. Continue reading

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The Tasty Tie-up: FC Goa vs. Bengaluru FC Preview

Two Styles of Football to Decide the Age-Old Debate in Football?

This game is probably the most interesting in the entire ISL4 season, if you think about it. You need to be a neutral to see why this game is interesting, of course. You need to forget all the derbies, grudges, and rivalries. You need to be a football purist or a football pragmatist to really appreciate this matchup. I’m a football purist but I understand the position of football pragmatists, which is why I find this matchup to be so damn tasty. I’m talking of today’s game between FC Goa and Bengaluru FC. Continue reading

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