Shillong Lajong FC are all set to host title chasers Mohun Bagan at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday, 12th April, 2017.
Both teams are fresh off morale boosting wins, Thangboi Singto's men leaving it late to record a 3-2 away win against DSK Shivajians while Sanjoy Sen's Maroon and Greens overcame arch rivals East Bengal 2-1 at Siliguri.
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The two teams had last met in January with the Kolkata-based team triumphing 2-0, in a game where Lajong was the better side for the majority of the contest.
However, what the Bengali gaffer and co. remember most vividly is last season's 2-2 draw at precisely this stage of the competition, which became one of the key factors, leading to them losing their crown to Bengaluru FC.
The Reds have a settled team with three wins and a draw in their last five matches and are imperious in Shillong, having won 4, and lost 2.
The league's top scorer Asier Dipanda will look to lead the line supported by Rupert Nongrum and Bipin Singh. Redeem Tlang who scored the all important goal from the bench will once again look to replicate his super-sub form.
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In defense too, Konsham Singh and Nim Dorjee Tamang would form the heart of the backline and will have to be wary of the danger of the Darryl Duffy-Balwant Singh combo.
The Mariners will continue to depend on star man Sony Norde who will look to tear down the left and the derby surprise package, Azharuddin Mallick will look to continue from where he left off after scoring a delectable goal.
Anas Edathodika who has been in fine form will look to marshal the defense while Katsumi Yusa will slot in most probably at central midfield.
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With both managers having deep respect and admiration for each other, it will all be forgotten on the stage with both teams going for it.
A win for Mohun Bagan will give them a two point lead as they go top of the table while a win similarly sees Lajong close the gap on third placed East Bengal to a solitary point.
Kick-off is at 4.35 PM IST.
SHILLONG LAJONG FC
Key Player: Asier Dipanda
MOHUN BAGAN A.C.
Injured: Subashish Bose, Pranoy Haldar
Doubtful: Kinshuk Debnath
Dropped: Kean Lewis
Suspended : None
Key Player: Sony Norde