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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Efficient Chennaiyin Take the Southern Derby: Bengaluru FC 1 – 2 Chennaiyin FC Review

John Gregory Puts his EPL Tactical Pedigree on Display

Roca must be kicking himself today. That was a game that they should’ve won. Chennaiyin FC are a great team but Bengaluru’s A-Team is more than capable of, at least, getting a draw with them. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the Bengaluru FC A-Team on the pitch yesterday. Roca’s team selection made it easier for Chennaiyin FC to win this game. Continue reading

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Bengaluru Tactically Outclass Pune: FC Pune City 1 – 3 Bengaluru FC Review

Roca Shows Popovich Who’s The Boss

Have no doubts about it – Bengaluru FC will be in the semi-finals this year. Whether they win it all in the end or not cannot be predicted but they will definitely make it to the playoffs. No team in the league exhibits the kind of solidity that they do. No team has even showed the kind of tactical agility that Bengaluru has shown in the last five games. The way they won this game is a testimony to how versatile their tactical playbook is and how evolved their teamwork is. Before I explain why I made that statement, though, a word for FC Pune City. 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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Bengaluru “Traditionalists” Grounded by Goan “Purists”: FC Goa 4 – 3 Bengaluru FC Review

Bengaluru Conservatives Outshone by Goa’s Purist Football

Didn’t I call this one, folks? Didn’t I call it right when I said it will be tasty? It was tasty like gourmet affairs. It was tasty like pakodas in monsoon. It was tasty like a pint of beer after a hearty steak. Damn it, it was tasty like coming home to your wife’s chai. It was tasty, whatever your definition of tasty is. Continue reading

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