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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