Mohun Bagan vs Shillong Lajong Preview:
● Match Details:
○Time: 4 PM
○Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar
○Live Telecast: The match wil be telecasted on StarSports 2 and hotstar from 4pm.
○Screening Details: Fanatic Sports Museum 3-30pm onwards
It will be an intriguing battle at the Kalinga stadium as both the I-League sides look forward to book their place in the semi-finals of the first edition of the Hero Super Cup. Shillong Lajong will be running high on confidence after coming back from 2 goals down to win against the Indian Super League side, FC Pune City. Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan defeated their Goan counterpart Churchill Brothers to book their places in the quater finals of the Super Cup.
● Recent Form:
○Mohun Bagan form last 5 matches:
W W W D W
○Shillong Lajong form last 5 matches:
L D W D W
Mohun Bagan has shown impeccable form as they drew only once and won four over the last five games. While, Lajong after their loss against Minerava Punjab remain unbeaten over their last four games, drawing twice and winning twice in the process. Mohun Bagan will start as favourites against the Shillong based outfit but will be weary of the threat they posses. Lajong has often beena thorn for the Kolkata club, ending East Bengal’s dream of I league this season and Mohun Bagan’s title aspirations in the 2016 I-League season.
●Head to Head:
The outfits met 24 times prior to this encounter with Mohun Bagan winning 11 to Shillong Lajong’s 3. There have been 10 draws between the two outfits. Mohun Bagan has averaged 1.92 goals per game while Shillong Lajong has averaged 1.08. Statistically, Mohun Bagan has the upper hand but Shillong will be running high on confidence to cause an upset like they did against Pune City.
Shilton Paul(Gk), Arijit Bagui, Eze Kingsley, Kingshuk Debnath, Ricky, Cameroon Watson,Yuta Kinowaki, Nikhil Kadam, Sk.Fayaz, Akram Morghabi, Dipanda Dicka
Key Players: Kinowaki,Dipanda Dicka
Nidhin(GK), Pradhan, Dohling , Laurence, Gurung, Odafin, Khongsit, Samuel, Steventon,Tlang, Koffi.
No injuries for Shillong.
Key players: Juho-Oh, Samuela
Our take on the match:
With their arch rivals East Bengal, already qualifying for the semi final stages of the competiton, the pressure will be on the Mariners to qualify for the semis. A season without a silverware is considered as a failure in Kolkata and Mohun Bagan will be looking to leave behind the curse of Orissa to win the Super Cup. Shillong Lajong will look to spoil the Mariner’s party and win their first major silverware in the national level. Lajong have enough firepower to just do so and will depend on their captain Samuela and Koffi to do so. Mohun Bagan will look to dominate the midfield as they always do with the likes of Cameroon Watson and Yuta Kinowaki and will look forward to Dipanda Dicka to provide the goals. It will be a battle of individuals between Kingsley and Koffi which could prove to be the determining factor in the game. It will be an intriguing battle at the Kalinga stadium.