With just a few weeks to go in the ISL group stage, Mumbai City have already secured their berth in the playoffs. ATK Mohun Bagan are swiftly closing in on the second of the four spots available, leaving more than 6 teams to battle fiercely for the remaining two positions.
Mumbai look to be the favourites
Mumbai City FC have lost just 2 matches in the entire season so far – an accomplishment that speaks scores about Sergio Lobera’s men. Leading the table with 34 points from 16 games, the coach can now look at resting his key performers like Hugo Boumous and Adam Le Fondre. This also gives the team an opportunity to give some playing time to other players.
The Islanders have also conceded just 11 goals and lead the Golden Glove race at the 2nd position with 8 clean sheets.
ATK Mohun Bagan, sailing in the same boat as their Western counterparts, are at the 2nd in the table with 33 points. Roy Krishna has scored an impressive 12 goals already with Marcelinho and Manvir Singh doing their part in easing the pressure off the Fijian striker.
Both of these teams are currently at least 10 points clear of the 3rd placed Goa FC with 23 points.
NorthEast United, Jamshedpur, Bengaluru Scrambling for Wins
Currently, Goa, Hyderabad FC, and NEUFC are sharing 23 points from the 3rd to the 5th place in the table. Jamshedpur is closing the gap as they find themselves at the 6th place with 21 points. Trailing them by a couple of points are Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin.
It is fair to say that the race for the remaining two playoffs position is still open. The Gaurs look the favourite to reach the final four but they can expect a lot of resistance from the lower-placed sides. However, like the Nizams and NEUFC, they have 4 matches remaining to get the necessary points.
For BFC and Chennaiyin to reach up there, they will need to win at least 2 of their remaining 3 games and hope that others fumble in the meantime.