Mohun Bagan - Churchill Brothers SC Preview: Will Bencherifa's side determine the I-League title race?
Churchill Brothers need four points from three matches to win the I-League title, while having to face Mohun Bagan twice...
By Anselm Noronha
Nirmal, Khelemba, Aibor, Nabi;
Jewel, Denson, Quinton;
Sabeeth, Odafa, Ozbey
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC
Franco, Naveen, Ravanan, Yumnam;
Dias, Lenny, Asley, Balan;
Mohun Bagan have five more matches to go and have been in top form under coach Karim Bencherifa having not lost in their last 10 outings.
A win for the Mariners today shall confirm the relegation of United Sikkim. It shall also open a window of opportunity for their arch rivals East Bengal to have a go on winning the league title.
The front pair of Odafa Okolie and Tolgay Ozbey have clicked at the right moment for the Maroon and Green steering them out of the relegation zone.
They are coming into the tie on the back of two thrilling wins over Air India and Mumbai FC and Churchill will look to exploit their weakness in the defence.
|Beto's return will boost the Red Machines' confidence
Churchill Brothers SC will look to finish off the brouhaha around the title race by winning today's game as they would just need a point from their final two matches to follow after this one.
Subash Bhowmick will be leading the Red Machines in the absence of head coach Mariano Dias, who is attending a coaching refresher coarse in Germany.
Sunil Chhetri has been in decent form since joining the Goan side having scored a brace in the last outing against Dempo SC.
Mohun Bagan: Ezechona Anyichie is suspended for the tie on account of the defender's double booking against Air India.
Churchill Brothers SC: Midfielders Tomba Singh and Bikramjit Singh, besides goalkeeper Felix D'Souza are out injured, while Brazilian playmaker Beto might start on the bench after recovering from his injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Mohun Bagan have a home win rate of 75.00% this season as compared to Churchill Brothers' away win rate of 45.50%.
- On an average, Churchill Brothers have not conceded more than a goal in the second half of their away ties.
- Mohun Bagan haven't lost in the home fixtures in the second half of the campaign.
- Three of the last five encounters between the two sides have ended as a draw, Mohun Bagan winning the other two. Disadvantage Churchill here.
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Top 3 Predictions
Mohun Bagan A.C. 2-1 Churchill Brothers SC
- 22.45 %
Mohun Bagan A.C. 3-1 Churchill Brothers SC
- 16.33 %
Mohun Bagan A.C. 1-2 Churchill Brothers SC
- 8.16 %
|I-League (I-L)||28-Sep-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 0 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 0|
|I-League (I-L)||07-May-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 1 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 1|
|I-League (I-L)||21-Apr-2013||Mohun Bagan A.C. 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 2|
|India - Federation Cup (INDF)||20-Sep-2012||Churchill Brothers SC 0 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 0|
|I-League (I-L)||15-Jan-2012||Churchill Brothers SC 2 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 3|
|Mohun Bagan A.C.|
|01-Dec-2013||Mohun Bagan A.C. 0 - Rangdajied United F.C. 2||I-L|
|27-Nov-2013||Mohun Bagan A.C. 0 - Mohd Sp 0||I-L|
|24-Nov-2013||Mohun Bagan A.C. 0 - East Bengal F.C. 1||I-L|
|06-Nov-2013||Shillong Lajong FC 1 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 1||I-L|
|01-Nov-2013||Dempo SC 0 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 0||I-L|
|Churchill Brothers SC|
|28-Nov-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 3 - Sporting Clube de Goa 2||I-L|
|23-Nov-2013||Mohd Sp 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|06-Nov-2013||Dempo SC 1 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|02-Nov-2013||United Sports Club 3 - Churchill Brothers SC 2||I-L|
|28-Oct-2013||Shillong Lajong FC 2 - Churchill Brothers SC 2||I-L|
|-||Syed Rahim Nabi||Defender|
|9||Odafa Onyeka Okolie||Striker|
|15||C S Sabeeth||Striker|
|18||Thangjam Saran Singh||Defender|
|11||Roberto Mendes Da Silva||Midfielder|