East Bengal favourites against Mohun Bagan in Kolkata derby
East Bengal will look to avenge their final month’s defeat once they face a beleaguered Mohun Bagan in the return leg I-League derby soccer fixture in Kolkata on Sunday. Former champions Mohun Bagan, who had begun their marketing campaign on a excessive with a win over East Bengal in the primary leg derby, have issues aplenty with the newest being their injured ahead Sony Norde all set to be launched on January 22.
The Mohun Bagan linchpin, who has consulted Dr Anant Joshi for his torn meniscus in proper leg, is learnt to be heading to Argentina for additional therapy, even because the Mariners are nonetheless hoping to see his magic for one final time on Sunday.
“We are making best efforts and he has taken injections, maybe he will be seen in action for a few minutes one last time,” a workforce official stated on the eve of the derby.
Mohun Bagan gained by a solitary objective against their arch-rivals in the season’s first derby on December 3 final however since then they’ve slumped to sixth in the desk and parted with their I-League successful coach Sanjoy Sen.
They have collected six factors in the final six matches whereas East Bengal have climbed as much as the highest of the desk with 4 back-to-back wins earlier than slipping to second by dropping factors in their final two matches.
Eyeing a maiden I-League title, East Bengal haven’t misplaced since their reversal in the primary leg and they may begin as favourites, one thing that was acknowledged by none apart from Mohun Bagan coach Shankarlal Chakraborty.
“East Bengal are way ahead of us. With or without Sony, East Bengal will start favourites. You just look at the table. They have lost only one match. Their coach (Khalid Jamil) has a lot of more experience than me, having coached at Mumbai FC before winning I-League for Aizawl FC (last season),” a modest Chakraborty stated.
“They have not lost an away match. Their team combination from defence to forward is much better than us.”
In such a state of affairs, East Bengal can be desperate to bag three factors that may shut down the hole on the high of the desk with Minerva Punjab.
With Norde’s future all set to be over at Mohun Bagan, the Mariners have proven urgency in roping in Lebanese ahead Akram Moghrabi in place of a lacklustre Anusmana Kromah.
Having instrumental in guiding Churchill Brothers to the I-League title in 2012-13 with 10 objectives, Akram will look to start out scoring objectives from his maiden look in green-and- maroon jersey.
Mohun Bagan captain Shilton Paul appears to be like prone to miss the match owing to a abdomen bug whereas Yuta Kinowaki didn’t be a part of apply.
East Bengal, however, have employed Dudu Omagbemi for a recent stint and he would look to associate mercurial Japanese Katsumi Yusa and Mahmoud Al Amna.
“This match is not going to be about Dudu. Rather, it’s all about the team. Personally, I’ll try to do my best for the team. Together, we’ll go all out to achieve our target,” Dudu, who has performed for Mohun Bagan in 2014-15 after leaving East Bengal, stated.
East Bengal’s Brazilian defender Eduardo Ferreira, who may have his palms full neutralising Akram Moghrabi’s menace, underlined the significance of play as a “team”.
“We must win every game from here to land the I-League trophy. We are taking it match by match and need to concentrate for 90 minutes if we are to cross the Mohun Bagan hurdle,” the Brazilian centreback stated because the Maidan is abuzz with I-League’s return leg derby.
It would be the 321st assembly between the perimeters in their historical past in all competitions. In 21 matches in the I-League period, the Red and Golds have gained 5 occasions whereas the Mariners have been victorious eight occasions, with eight attracts performed.
However, in the previous 5 conferences on the nationwide stage, it has been all Mohun Bagan with three wins and two attracts to their name.