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  • 29 March 2014
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  • • Kalyani Stadium, Kalyani
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United SC - Mohammedan Sporting Preview: Kolkata derby turns out to be a relegation six-pointer

United SC - Mohammedan Sporting Preview: Kolkata derby turns out to be a relegation six-pointer

Sandip Saha

Mohammedan Sporting is all set to play their first match in Kalyani as they face the Purple Brigade...

United Sports Club will face Mohammedan Sporting in a vital I-League encounter at the Kalyani Stadium on Saturday.

The Purple brigade are going through a 11-match winless run in the I-League and their dry patch on the field coupled with their chronic problem off it have made them one of the most vulnerable sides in the competition. Though they are tenth in the points table, they have only three matches left to avoid the drop after Saturday’s tie.

After the departure of Ranti Martins and C.K.Vineeth, the team has struggled to score and Adekunle Waheed has been able to score just once in five matches. Lalkamal Bhowmick and Sangram Mukherjee are back in the practice but are unlikely to make to the bench against the Black and Whites.

The technical staff sounded serious before the game and the fact that they are facing a cross-town rival will surely add to the significance of the tie.

"It’s a very important game for us, we all know our opponents very well  and we have been training hard throughout the week," Anjan Nath, the assistant coach of the side told after the pre-match practice.

Talking about their opponents, Mohammedan Sporting find themselves in the rock bottom position of the table and despite winning two silverwares this season, have failed to resurrect their I-League campaign.

The team has scored only 17 goals in the competition which is by far the lowest among all. None of the strikers have been able to establish themselves as a partner of Josimar, who has scored a whopping 10 goals this season.

Luciano Sobrosa has almost recovered from the injury that kept him out of action against Dempo in the last match, while Syed Rahim Nabi is also back in the reckoning.

The century-old club suffered a huge blow in the last match when Collin Abranches suffered a serious injury and became unavailable for the remaining part of the season. This may result in Sanjoy Sen being forced to compromise one of his regular players and include Imran Khan or Monirul Mondal to abide by the rule of having at least one U-23 player in the first eleven.

Sanjoy Sen, the gaffer of the side stressed that the players will be trying to perform well for own good.

"Very few matches are left in the season and everybody will try to prove his mettle. I hope they will be able to emulate the strategy," he remarked.

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