Karim Bencherifa’s side are searching for a win to end their poor run of form against the Federation Cup champions…
Mohun Bagan face the Churchill Brothers challenge at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Friday in an I-League encounter.
The Green and Maroon brigade have had a mix run of form lately as they finished third in their group in the IFA Shield but did manage to qualify for the semi-final of the Federation Cup.
They haven’t scored enough goals – 14 – which is one of the lowest in the league with only relegation contenders having netted one less. Their dependency on Odafa Okolie is for everyone to see and in his absence, they have only dished out average performances.
While coach Karim Bencherifa may claim that his side created a lot of opportunities against Salgaocar, the fact is that they aren’t able to convert their possession into something concrete.
"The difference between us and Rangdajied is just six points," Bencherifa highlighted the difference between his side and the bottom placed north eastern outfit.
On the other hand, Churchill Brothers have endured a rollercoaster journey this time around. They are faltering in the I-League and are in the eleventh spot with 14 points but have a game in hand.
They did get the better of Bagan at the Federation Cup in a tie which was dominated by the Goan giants.
“Our target is to save relegation,” said Subhas Bhowmick, the technical director of the club.
Churchill can take confidence with the performances of Anthony Wolfe and keeper Lalit Thapa who was adjudged man of the match against East Bengal.
For Churchill, Christian Lagos is likely to miss the game due to dehydration while Denzil Franco will once again be absent due to personal reasons.