Both Mohun Bagan and SC Goa will look to build on their away wins as the two teams meet at the Salt Lake Stadium...
Nabi, Jewel, Stanley, Manish,Chakrabarty
SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA
Samananda, Matthew, Rojen, Rovan
Rowlin, Ogba, Peixoto,Lourenco
Mohun Bagan have picked up that all elusive win under caretaker manager Mridul Banerjee who will also be in charge of this match, as Karim Bencherifa has still around two weeks time left before he joins the Kolkata giants. A hard fought win against Air India allowed them to register their first points of the season.
Tolgay Ozbey is expected to miss out again due to an injury and Mridul Banerjee will in all likelihood, will pack the midfield and play Odafa Okolie as the lone man upfront. Stanley Okoroigwe is expected to play the role of anchor man in midfield while the versatile Syed Rahim Nabi pushes up front on the right midfield with Snehashish Chakraborty reprising his role wide left.
|Odafa Okolie has to lead the line
Ekendra Singh too managed to pick up their first win away from home, as they overcame a resilient Shillong Lajong outfit with an inspired second half display. With the Flaming Oranje's knack of conceding soft goals they will need to be wary of Bagan's Odafa Okolie, who does not waste many chances when on song.
|Sporting have to be careful at the back
He will look to field a largely unchanged side from the 2-1 away win over Lajong, with Dawson Fernandes partnering Victorino Fernandes upfront. However, it will be Ogba Kalu who will need to pull the strings from midfield if Sporting are to win this encounter.
Mohun Bagan: Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya and star striker Tolgay Ozbey are both out with injuries. Shilton Paul will fill in as the goalkeeper for the day after he kept a clean sheet against the Airmen.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Ekendra Singh will have the full squad at his disposal and might tweak it around to get a point in what is always a tough away fixture.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Mohun Bagan have finally ended their trophy drought by winning the Airlines Cup.
- The scales are tipped in the favour of the away side, as in the last five encounters, Sporting have won 2, drawn 2 and lost only 1, including an away victory at the Salt Lake Stadium.
- Ekendra Singh had masterminded Sporting Clube de Goa's promotion back to the top tier after leading them to a 2nd placed finish in Division 2, the very season after the drop.
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