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  • 18 February 2014
  • • 18:00
  • • Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
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East Bengal - Churchill Brothers Preview: The Red Machines will look to keep the momentum going

East Bengal - Churchill Brothers Preview: The Red Machines will look to keep the momentum going

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The Federation Cup winners will travel to Kolkata to take on the Red and Gold who will be raring to go after disappointing results in Federation Cup and IFA Shield...

East Bengal and Churchill Brothers go head-to-head in a round 17 I-League encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Tuesday evening.

Armando Colaco’s side have targeted the I-League ever since the Goan was handed over the reins. However with just 18 points to show from 11 games isn’t a great sign. On the positive side, should they win their four games in-hand, they could go topple Bengaluru FC at the top on account of a better head-to-head record.

The Kolkata outfit didn’t have the best of Federation Cup campaign where they could only muster a single win from three matches. In the IFA Shield, they made an exit after reaching the semi-finals and even went on to lose the third place play-off against United Sports Club.

Uga Okpara is injured and hence Gurwinder Singh is expected to partner Arnab Mondal at the heart of the defense. James Moga remains a doubtful starter which could see Seimenlen Doungel replace him.

The good news for the Red and Gold faithful is the return of Mehtab Hossain who has been sidelined due to an injury for over two months.

“My boys are a little tired and there are injuries to deal with also. We have been playing almost non-stop and there has really been no time to recover during the break of the I-League,” said Colaco.

On the other hand, Churchill Brothers are in top form having won the Federation Cup. They took the same form into the I-League as they edged past Rangdajied United last week.

“Out poor start in the I-League was because of lack of proper conditioning of the players. Once that problem was addressed, we have started playing as a real force,” said Subhas Bhowmick, the technical director of Churchill Brothers.

The likes of Balwant Singh, Anthony Wolfe and Abdelhamid Shabana are in their best form while the addition of Christian Lagos has only strengthened the Red Machines further.

An exciting encounter beckons this evening at the Salt Lake!

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30Gurpreet Singh SandhuGoalkeeper
3Arnab MondalDefender
5Abhishek DasDefender
16Gurwinder SinghDefender
19Robert LalthlamuanaDefender
11Ryuji SueokaMidfielder
14Mehtab HossainMidfielder
20Lalrindika RalteMidfielder
28Shylo MalswamtulungaMidfielder
10Edeh ChidiStriker
15James MogaStriker
26Abhra MondalGoalkeeper
8Thokchom Naoba SinghDefender
29Saumik DeyDefender
7Harmanjot KhabraMidfielder
17Joaquim Abranches Striker
21Seminlen DoungelStriker
24Cavin LoboMidfielder
1Lalit ThapaGoalkeeper
13Dharmaraj RavananDefender
26Raju YumnamDefender
29Satish SinghDefender
11Sanjay BalmuchuDefender
14Abdelhamid ShabanaMidfielder
21Alesh SawantMidfielder
24Lenny RodriguesMidfielder
30Anthony WolfeStriker
17Balwant SinghStriker
32C. LagosStriker
27Arindam BhattacharyaGoalkeeper
2Sudhakaran Naveen KumarDefender
31Ashley FernandesMidfielder
33Richard CostaMidfielder
18Thangjam Saran SinghDefender
35Bineesh BalanStriker

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