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  • 16 December 2012
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  • • Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, Mahārāṣṭra
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Air India - Shillong Lajong FC Preview: Can the Airmen continue their impressive run against Bulpin's side?

Air India - Shillong Lajong FC Preview: Can the Airmen continue their impressive run against Bulpin's side?

The Mumbai outfit will be looking to extend their three game unbeaten run when they take on the north eastern outfit...

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
AIR INDIA

Sukhvinder;
Baldip, Dias, Gagandeep, Bheke;
Fernandes;
Mohanraj, Shetty, Souvik;
Ezeh, Junior
SHILLONG LAJONG FC

Ralte;
Passah, Lallawmzuala, Son, Mawia;
Jacob, Renedy, Lyngdoh, Jibon;
Friday, Sushil
  PREVIEW

Sunday’s clash between Shillong Lajong and Air India at Pune promises to be a tough mid-table encounter with both teams struggling to add consistency to their game. These two teams are just above the relegation zone with Shillong Lajong on 9th and Air India on 10th and a win here would definitely calm some nerves.

Air India have been on a good run with two wins and a draw out of their last three and would be looking for all three points as they play at home. Their midfield has been firing on all cylinders and the interim coach Anthony Fernandes would love to see more of the same dominance in this game. A thumping 4-1 derby win against Mumbai FC can act as the perfect catalyst for Air India’s uphill climb.

The Reds on the other hand have garnered 5 points out of their last three including two goal-less draws. Desmond Bulpin’s men have lacked the sharpness in front of goal and will be looking to their Nigerian target man, Friday Gbeneme to create some magic up front. Bulpin will be hoping to see a better performance from his midfield which is has been poor and way below par in the past few games if they are to put up a fight against the confident Air India.

Both these teams are lying in the bottom half of the I-League, but one expects Air India to come up trumps  when the two teams meet. Air India will be looking to build on their unbeaten run and pick up all three points meanwhile Shillong Lajong will be looking for a win to lift the spirits after two dull draws.

Overall an important game for both teams as they look to move away from the danger zone and the dreaded last three positions.

  TEAM NEWS

Air India: Anthony Fernandes will be looking to field the same team that got the better of Mumbai FC 4-1 last weekend. Souvik Chakrabarty is on three cards for now.

Shillong Lajong FC: Bulpin would hope that his strikers come good against the Airmen who aren't very good defensively. Wailadmi Passah has three cards to his name and one more shall see him suspended for a game.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • In the inaugural I-League season, Air India caused a mighty upset with their 3-1 win over Mohun Bagan in Goa and threw the mighty Kolkata club out of the competition in the qualifying rounds.
  • Air India's highest scorer this season is Elijah Junior who has scored 5 goals out which 2 were penalties.
  • Shillong Lajong came into the limelight by becoming the first North-Eastern club to gain promotion to the I-League in the 09-10 season.
  • Shillong Lajong's highest scorer this season is Friday Gnebeme who has scored 5 goals out which 2 were penalties.

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18Gagandeep SinghDefender
3John DiasDefender
5Baldip SinghDefender
14Souvik ChakrabartyDefender
8Micky FernandesMidfielder
18Vijith ShettyMidfielder
-Pradeep MohanrajMidfielder
10Elijah Obagbemiro JuniorStriker
14Henry EzehStriker
38Rahul BhekeDefender
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17Jibon SinghDefender
6Minchol SonDefender
23Lalchhuan MawiaDefender
25Subhash SinghDefender
6Renedy SinghMidfielder
9Chitrasen SinghMidfielder
10Eugeneson LyngdohMidfielder
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24M. Basanta SinghMidfielder
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