Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers Preview
○Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar
○Live Telecast: You can catch all the action live at StarSports2/SS HD 2 and Hotstar
○Time: 8:00 PM, IST
It is the battle of the old foes, as the Mariners from the banks of the Ganges and the Goan outfit Churchill Brothers lock horns in the round of 16 of the inaugural Hero Super Cup. Having been relegated from the Hero I League, Churchill Brothers have proved that they are not to be taken lightly as they knocked out Delhi Dynamos courtesy of a Willis Plaza brace to cement their place in the round of 16 and also thrashing FC Bardez 4-0 in the Goa Premier League recently. Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan would like to remove the curse of Orissa from their plates and go on to win the first edition of the Hero Super Cup.
○Mohun Bagan Form last 5 matches:
D L W W W
○Churchill Brothers Form last 5 matches:
L D L L W
With the football season in India, coming to closure both the teams would be looking forward to finishing the season on a high. Churchill Brothers buoyed by their win over the Delhi Dynamos would be looking to defeat their once eternal rivals to restore some pride in what was otherwise a disappointing season for them. The Green and Maroons on the other hand have had a topsy turvy season. From playing prolific football to being on the bottom half of the table only to rise back again to stay in contention for the I League trophy till the final day. A season without a trophy is considered to be a failure in Calcutta. The gaffer Shankarlal Chakrobarty is no stranger to this old adage and he would be desperate to win the Super Cup in order to attain God like Stature in the fabled Calcutta Maidan and also would show the corporate franchises that the old warhorse (Mohun Bagan) still rules Indian football.
●Head to Head(since 2004) :
○Mohun Bagan :
Goals Scored(Average) : 1.24
Goals Conceded(Average) : 1.31
Goals Scored: 1.31
Goals Conceded: 1.24
The Head to Head between the teams shows Churchill Brothers just edging past Mohun Bagan with a win percentage of 31% to Mariners 28%. The ties between the teams have been closely contested and often been fiery encounters. It would be no different this time as the teams look to edge past each other to book their place in the semi finals.
●Probable Line Ups :
○Mohun Bagan :
Shilton Paul(GK), Arijit Bagui, Eze Kingsley, Kingshuk Debnath, Debabrata Roy, Yuta Kinowaki,Cameron Watson, Nikhil Kadam, Sk. Fayaz, Akram Morghabi, Dipanda Dicka
Key Players: Dipanda Dicka, Yuta Kinowaki, Eze Kingsley
○Churchill Brothers :
Ricardo Cordozo(GK), Martins, Hussein Eldor, Osagie Monday, Israil Gurung, Bektur Talgat, Nicholas Fernandes, Richard Costa, Britto, Dawda Cessay, Willis Plaza
Key Players: Willis Plaza, Cessay, Monday
●Our take on the match:
Both the teams are not what they once used to be courtesy of ISL franchises having the cream of the players but still expect the match to be fiercely contested. The teams consist of young players who loves to run past opponents, so we can expect both the teams to have plenty of wingers. Both the teams have an excellent set of wingers who could give any defenders a run for their money. Mohun Bagan would like to control the proceedings in the midfield with the duo of Yuta Kinowaki and Cameroon Watson. It will be an intriguing battle between the midfielders of both the teams to take charge of the middle of the park. Bektur will look to provide the necessary cover for the Churchill defence led by the experienced Monday who had an excellent performance against the Delhi Dynamos. Mohun Bagan defence also needs to be on their toes as Churchill has players who can move the ball swiftly and with great speed. Wilis Plaza who tormented the Delhi Dynamos defence would need once again be instrumental for Churchill if they want to win the match. Mohun Bagan also have Samuel Keane, a veteran Center Back who could be called upon if necessary. We, could expect a fast paced, end to end footballing action as none of the teams like to seat back and defend. The match is too close to call , whoever goes into the next round have the capability to go all the way and win the finals.