Mohun Bagan - Pune FC Preview: Derrick Pereira's side are still alive in the I-League title race
The Red Lizards would want to generate full points against Karim Bencherifa's side in their quest for a top two finish...
By Anselm Noronha
Nirmal, Anyichie, Aibor, Nabi;
Maithani, Denson, Snehasis;
Sabeeth, Odafa, Ozbey
Ramu, Edathodika, Wali, Gurjinder;
Tsewang, Douhou, Sukhwinder, Paite;
Mohun Bagan have proved themselves to be a tough opponent following their 10-match unbeaten streak that was brought to an end by Churchill Brothers SC in the last match, which I-League title contenders won convincingly with a score line of 2-0.
Defensive frailties were more than evident in the Mariners last defeat, but the home team will be strengthened by the return of regular stopper-back Echezona Anyichie, which might allow the forward line to operate more fluently.
Pune FC with 43 points, on the other-hand, will still keep their hopes to land the title as Churchill Brothers (51) still need a point from two matches to claim the prize.
Derrick Pereira's outfit are currently tied on points with East Bengal, and will at least look for a second place finish, for which Pune FC need to earn at least a point more than the Red and Gold by the end of this season's campaign.
Mohun Bagan: Karim Bencherifa will have a full strength squad to choose from, with defender Echezona Anyichie returning from suspension, which would probably force Quinton Jacobs to start on the bench
Pune FC: The away side welcome defender Chika Wali from suspension and midfielder Karma Tsewang to match fitness among a few expected changed for the match.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- From their 12 matches after being re-instated in the league, Mohun Bagan have won six times and drawn four matches from 12 outings.
- Eight of those I-League games were at Kalyani, where Mohun Bagan have picked up 5 wins and 2 draws and scored 18 times.
- Pune FC have been the best travelers this season picking up the most wins (9) and points (27) than any other team.
- Pune FC have an inferior head-to-head record against both Churchill Brothers and East Bengal, who are above them in the present standings.
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Top 3 Predictions
Mohun Bagan A.C. 1-2 Pune FC
- 23.33 %
Mohun Bagan A.C. 3-1 Pune FC
- 16.67 %
Mohun Bagan A.C. 2-1 Pune FC
- 10 %
|I-League (I-L)||21-Dec-2013||Mohun Bagan A.C. 3 - Pune FC 1|
|I-League (I-L)||10-Oct-2013||Pune FC 2 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 0|
|I-League (I-L)||24-Apr-2013||Mohun Bagan A.C. 1 - Pune FC 3|
|I-League (I-L)||02-Dec-2012||Pune FC 2 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 2|
|I-League (I-L)||06-May-2012||Mohun Bagan A.C. 2 - Pune FC 0|
|Mohun Bagan A.C.|
|08-Mar-2014||Mohd Sp 0 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 0||I-L|
|01-Mar-2014||East Bengal F.C. 1 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 1||I-L|
|21-Feb-2014||Mohun Bagan A.C. 2 - Churchill Brothers SC 2||I-L|
|16-Feb-2014||Salgaocar F.C. 1 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 0||I-L|
|23-Jan-2014||Churchill Brothers SC 2 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 1||INDF|
|25||Syed Rahim Nabi||Defender|
|9||Odafa Onyeka Okolie||Striker|
|15||C S Sabeeth||Striker|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed