The two sides, both of whom are in the first campaign in the top tier, will hope to come away with their first win of the season, when they clash in Bangalore...
Bengaluru FC takes on Rangdajied in their second home game of the season, with both the sides hoping to register their first win of the campaign.
Ashley Westwood’s side dominated the proceedings against Mohun Bagan, but were made to pay for a clutch of missed chances and a saved penalty, as C.S. Sabeeth equalized with basically the last attack of the game for the Mariners.
The former Blackburn Rovers assistant coach though, stressed that his side had moved on from that game, and commented, “Everyone loves games better than training and we’re no different. We approach every game with equal attention and the team is in good spirits.”
Their Shillong-based rivals meanwhile, were outclassed by a fighting United SC side in Kolkata, and will be hoping for a better performance in Bangalore.
The step-up from division two is a huge one, and their coach Santosh Kashyap accepted as much, stating, “The boys are talented and strong, it’s just tactically that we need to improve. We realize that there is a vast difference between playing in I-League Two and the I-League.”
The away side may go for a tactical switch against their more fancied opponents. Having played both Sandesh Gadkari and Edmar Figueira against United SC, Rangdajied might decide to give Bansharai Sun a start in central midfield alongside Restom Khriam and Abocha Singh, to add more solidity to their side.
Bengaluru FC meanwhile had both Sunil Chhetri and Robin Singh on the bench against Mohun Bagan, and the former might well hope to start against the North-East based side.
However Westwood refuses to take them lightly, warning his side against complacency. He mentioned, “They are a team from the north east with a lot of local boys and we know how strong they can be. Also, they have a manager with a good reputation. It should be a good match.”
Bengaluru FC are without any injury woes but will miss midfielder Thoi Singh who was sent off in the game against Bagan. Meanwhile, Rangdajied United are sweating over the recovery of experienced defender Lamine Tamba who is coping with a muscle niggle.
How do you stay up with football when on the move? With http://m.goal.com –your best source for mobile coverage of the beautiful game.