Federation Cup Match 3 Preview: Air India vs Mohammedan Sporting - Can the Durand Cup winners get off to the perfect start?
Last year's ninth placed side will look to get off to the best possible start against an attack minded Mohammedan side who impressed during the Fed Cup qualifiers...
By Srinivasan Mohan
Air India are on cloud nine at the moment as they have had a very impressive pre-season. They defeated Dodsal FC in the finals of the Durand Cup and have had three tough friendlies against Salgoacar,Dempo and Churchill Brothers. With minor additions to the existing squad Air India will be looking to do the double before the I-League kicks off by winning the Federations Cup.
Coach Godfrey Perreira, who has been in the Air India setup for quite some time now, is someone who prefers to play a compact 4-5-1 formation which relies heavily on hitting the opposition on the break.
Air India will look to get past a confident Mohammedan side
Air India will need to use that formation wisely as they will be up against a bucaneering Mohammedan Sporting side who were highly impressive in the qualifiers leading to the tournament. They were amongst the goals as they despatched Aizawl 6-1 and brushed aside HAL 4-0. Coach Aloke Mukherjee is an experienced coach having managed two of India's most illustrious clubs in Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. He will look to keep up the momentum they have garnered during the Federations Cup qualifiers into the tournament and maybe pull of an upset or two.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last meeting between these two sides was in 2009 and ended in a 1-1 draw
- Mohammedan Sporting have gone unbeaten in the Calcutta League thrice in their history
- Godfrey Perreira's first stint as manager of Air India yielded them the Durand Cup
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Top 3 Predictions
Air India F.C. 0-1 Mohd Sp
- 40 %
Air India F.C. 2-1 Mohd Sp
- 20 %
Air India F.C. 1-0 Mohd Sp
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