Bhawanipore FC - United Sikkim FC Preview: Pride at stake in Manjeri

The two teams will look to end their campaign on a positive note at Manjeri on Monday…

The two teams will look to end their campaign on a positive note at Manjeri on Monday…

Bhawanipore and United Sikkim go head-to-head in their final group D fixture of the Federation Cup at the MDS Stadium, Manjeri.

The Kolkata outfit have scored just once in their two matches, like their opponents on Monday, but have conceded a goal less than United Sikkim.

Dipendu Dowary has been their most impressive player going forward and will be keen to continue carry on his good form into the second division I-League which kicks-off next month.

Striker Manjit Singh has once again failed to deliver as the absence of Jose Barreto meant that the onus for scoring goals was on him. Coach Juliano Fontana would look to hand in a few youngsters an opportunity to excel in a game where the result is inconsequential with regards to the Federation Cup as their chances of making into the semis have already ended with two defeats.

Defenders K Noushad and Gurpreet Singh must raise their performance and ensure that they do not concede silly goals.

Meanwhile, United Sikkim gave a good account of themselves in their opening tie against Mohammedan Sporting where they were unlucky not to have taken a point off their rivals. Striker Somide Adelaja came close to scoring when his effort came off the post but did well to bury his effort in the second half.

In the following game, they didn’t really challenge Dempo as they struggled to see much of the ball. Sukhwinder Singh had a couple of long range efforts which never really threatened the opposition’s citadel.

The Snow Lions will look to snap three points against Bhawanipore and thereby end their Federation Cup campaign on a high.

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