Aizawl FC will take on East Bengal at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in an I-League clash on Tuesday afternoon. The previous time these two sides met, it ended in a 2-2 draw.
|Game||Aizawl FC v East Bengal|
|Date||Tuesday, January 16|
|Time||2:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the I-League. All the matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 2 and 2 HD.
|India TV channels||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/2HD||Hotstar/JioTV|
AIZAWL FC POSSIBLE XI (4-2-3-1): Avilash Paul (GK); R. Laldinliana, Masih Saighani, Kareem Nurain, C Lalrosanga; Albert Zohmingmawia, Alfred Jaryan; David Lalrinmuana, Andrei Ionescu, Shylo Malsawmtluanga; Yugo Kobayashi.
Key Players: Andrei Ionescu, Yugo Kobayashi, David Lalrinmuana
It will be interesting to see if Leonce Dodoz will be preferred over Alfred Jaryan, though the latter puts in more of the required defensive shift as well.
EAST BENGAL POSSIBLE XI (4-1-4-1): Luis Barreto (GK); Prakash Sarkar, Arnab Mondal (C), Eduardo Ferreira, Salam Ranjan Singh; Armand Bazzoau; Laldanmawia Ralte, Mohammed Rafique, Mahmoud Al-Amna, Katsumi Yusa; Jobby Justin.
Key Players: Mahmoud Al-Amna, Yusa Katsumi, Laldanmawia Ralte
Dudu Omagbemi, who has been roped in as a replacement of Charles de Souza, has arrived Kolkata on Sunday and is completing his transfer formalities in order to be available for the Kolkata derby against Mohun Bagan on January 21. Brandon Vanlalremdika might be in contention for a role to play in Tuesday's clash.
Aizawl FC jostled themselves back with a 2-0 victory over Chennai City after the defeat at the hands of Mohun Bagan by the same margin. Their first loss of the season was against Shillong Lajong after which too they returned with a winning performance.
Paulo Menezes' men have been in good knick, especially the attacking trident of David Lalrinmuana, Andrei Ionescu and Yugo Kobayashi. Shylo Malsawmtluanga and Albert Zohmingmawia are capable of keeping the opposition guessing with their constant change of flanks.
As per the home team's standings, they are sixth on table with 13 points but have two games in hand as compared to the top two teams. That may well play in Aizawl's favour as the season progresses given their positive performances in the league so far.
East Bengal were forced to split points with Churchill Brothers in their previous outing that now leaves a four-point gap between them and current table toppers Minerva Punjab (22). The good thing for the Red and Golds , however, is that the Kolkata derby loss is the only instance they lost all three points this season as they next host Mohun Bagan.
Jobby Justin found his scoring touch in the last match as one may expect him to be picked ahead of Willis Plaza once again with Mahmoud Al-Amna and Katsumi Yusa being the consistent performers for Khalid Jamil's side. Lalramchullova, Laldanmawia Ralte, Brandon Vanlalremdika and Al-Amna alongside title-winning coach Khalid Jamil return to their old stomping ground.
Can Aizawl upset the visitors from Kolkata or will East Bengal revive their case in the title race?