I-League 17/18: Mohun Bagan vs Gokulam Kerala FC
Oh boy, what an I league final day, we have on our hands. Three matches kicking off at the same time; the outcome of one match impacting the other matches. It doesn’t get any bigger than this with all the top four teams having a crack at the title. East Bengal’s draw at Lajong have opened up a plethora of options and have put their arch rivals Mohun Bagan right back in the title race.
Mohun Bagan has impeccable away form this season and would like that away form to continue. If they manage to win at Gokulam would certainly complicate things up. Three points against Gokulam with Minerava dropping points at Churchill and East Bengal managing to put away the newcomers Neroca would see the Green and Maroons win their fifth I-League title. If Mohun Bagan become champions eventually, then it would be a remarkable feat for the coach Shankarlal Chakraborty who would see himself being elevated to God like stature at the fabled Kolkata maidan.
Venue: EMS Corporation Stadium,Kohzikode.
Live Telecast: The match will not be telecasted however the match will be streamed liv in Hotstar from 3:00 pm.
Mohun Bagan Form last 5 matches: D L W W W
Gokulam Kerala form last 5 matches: W L W W L
Both the teams have shown reasonable form with Gokulam having just two losses in the last 5 games and Mohun Bagan loosing just once in their last five outings with the loss coming against Gokulam. The mariners have gathered momentum after their loss and have won their last 3 matches away from home with nailbiting finishes at Churchill and Neroca. The Mariners must win their final match at Gokulam to keep their dreams of the elusive fifth title alive.
Mohun Bagan: Shilton Paul(Gk), Arijit Bagui, Eze Kingsley,Kingshuk Debnath, Debabrata Das, Cameroon Watson,Yuta Kinowaki,Nikhil Kadam, Sk.Fayaz, Akram Morghabi, Dipanda Dicka
Injuries: Rumored muscle pull of Ricky
Gokulam: Bernard(GK),Prabhat Lakra,Matthew,Irshad,Chigozie,Rohit Mirza,Mbele,David Addo,Kamo Bayi,Khaled Alsaleh,M.Rashid
No injuries for Gokulam.
Our take on the match:
We have an intriguing final day on our hands with four teams competing for the trophy and twenty seven possible scenarios. The situation is a mathematician’s delight but for Mohun Bagan the situation is simple, to keep their chance of the elusive fifth title alive, Mohun Bagan must win against Gokulam. Mohun Bagan would probably come out with all guns blazing against the Kerala outfit but must be cautious as the Kerala outfit posses enough firepower in their forward line. Mohun Bagan must win this match and let the Gods of football decide what fate they have in store for the Green and Maroon brigade.
All said and done, we can expect an intriguing conclusion to the Hero I League that saw everything from match fixing allegations to players tearfully departing to make it one of the best seasons ever.