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April 28, 2013 3:30 PM IST
Kalyani Stadium — Kalyani
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Mohun Bagan - Pailan Arrows Preview: The Mariners will look to rediscover their winning form

The Round 11 rescheduled clash will see Mohun Bagan (22) try to move further away from the relegation zone as they take on Pailan Arrows (23) on Sunday...

By Anselm Noronha

Karim Bencherifa, Mohun Bagan
AIFF Media

Nirmal, Anyichie, Aibor, Saha;
Maithani, Denson, Nabi;
Sabeeth, Odafa, Ozbey

Avinabo, Devrani, Shouvik, Beniwal;
Sarkar, Ganeshan, Doungel, Milan;
Alwyn, Narzary

The last two defeats against Churchill Brothers and Pune FC were tough to take for Karim Bencherifa's side who were punished for their lack of concentration in the defense, especially after enjoying an unbeaten streak of 10 matches.

The Green and Maroon are a point below their opponents of Sunday, with 22 points from 23 matches and occupy the 12th spot in the standings, although Pailan Arrows have played an additional fixture in comparison. Mohun Bagan need four points to save themselves from relegation however a win for the Kolkata side and should Air India drop points this evening against Pune FC, it will be enough for the Mariners to seal a berth in next season's I-League.

The Arrows too will be looking to return to winning ways after a suffering a set-back of two consecutive defeats at the hands of Salgaocar FC and Prayag United SC after Arthur Papas' side had humbled defending champions Dempo SC in Goa.

Another notable fact is the way the AIFF (All India Football Federation) developmental side fought back against the Mariners after going down by three goals in the first half, to reduce the margin of defeat to 3-2 by full time, in their return leg against Mohun Bagan back in March. They will take heart from this performance and hope to stifle the Mariners forward line.


Mohun Bagan: There are no reported injury concerns, but Bencherifa will hope for the return of Odafa Okolie after the Nigerian was reported to be admitted due to a stomach ailment.

Pailan Arrows: Defender Deepak Devrani will return from suspension, but Pritam Kotal has been ruled out after the player has picked four yellow cards until the last fixture against Salgaocar FC.

  • Mohun Bagan have a home win rate of 50.00% which is twice the Pailan Arrows' overall win rate.
  • Mohun Bagan would have presently been in the top half of the I-League standing if not for their 12-point penalty.
  • Pailan Arrows have scored eight goals against Mohun Bagan in their last five head-to-head encounters, which includes a 5-4 win.
  • Pailan Arrows was formed in the year 2010 (as AIFF XI) with the main aim of nurturing a future India team, in hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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