I-League 2016-17: The biggest rivalry in the history of Indian football is all set to freshen things up yet again on coming Sunday when they meet for the first time in the season. It’s certainly going to be one of the exciting encounters in the recent times if we take into account the current situation. And as we build up to the first East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan encounter in the I-League 2016-17, we are here with the live streaming details as well as the TV guide besides the match preview and team news that will keep you updated regarding the proceedings in the match.

East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan I-League 2016-17
East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are all set to redeem their rivalry when they meet each other on Sunday

I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan Match Preview

There will be absolutely no love lost when the two old war horses lock horns at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri for one more time. Headlines will be rewritten once again as one thing that the East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan encounter ensures is intriguing stories both on the field and off it. The upcoming encounter is going to be the 346th encounter between the two Kolkata Giants. The Red and Gold Brigade have managed to win 125 matches among those 345 while the men in Green and Maroon have been triumphant on 107 occasions. 113 times the two teams have shared the spoils.

One of the oldest derbies even in the history of world football, the Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal tie this time has got some interesting dimensions as both the teams are on the top of the table in the I-League 2016-17. So, besides the passion that the fanbase of these two teams share in regards to the Kolkata Derby, there will definitely a lot of extra enthusiasm among the fans for a loss in this match will not only result in a loss of face, it will see their favourite team falling behind in the race to win the I-League 2016-17 title. So there will definitely be some extra fizz regarding the Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal match this time.

East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan I-League 2016-17
The passion related to the Kolkata Derby has been unprecedented over the years

We have not seen a Kolkata Derby in quite a while for Mohun Bagan opted out of the match in the Calcutta Football League citing some unavoidable circumstances which eventually saw their neighbors lifting the Calcutta Football League without much contest earlier in the season. The last time these two met was in the I-League last season where the Red and Golds emerged winners with a 2-1 scoreline. However, that does not mean that East Bengal are clear favorites as there are no favorites when you are playing a derby, and a fierce battle is definitely on the cards.

I-League 2016-17: Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal Team News

It is going to be really tricky for both the managers whom to play and whom not to in the ‘Boro Match’ as it is called in Kolkata as temperament is going to be one of the crucial factors as far as the outcome of the East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan match is concerned. So you need some experienced player who can soak in the pressure for one mistake can bring your downfall. Such has been the intensity of this match for over the years. And this is where it gets tough for the managers.

Willis Plaza and Wedson Anselme I-League 2016-17
Willis Plaza and Wedson Anselme will be crucial as far as East Bengal’s fate in the upcoming Kolkata derby is concerned

Coming to the team selection, East Bengal manager Trevor James Morgan will look forward to fielding the best possible eleven. Willis Deon Plaza from Trinidad and Tobago has been a sheer revelation for East Bengal this season, and reportedly he has sustained a minor calf injury which makes him doubtful for the Derby. But as it stands now, the support staffs are really giving their best to make him fit to play in the match.  Wedson Anselme will also be one of the crucial personnel as far as the East Bengal team is concerned. And the best thing for East Bengal is the fact that Mehtab Hossain will be available for selection. He had to sit out of the match against Chennai City FC which East Bengal won 3-0 due to suspension, and his availability will be a big boost for the team. Indian national defender Arnab Mondal will also be fit for selection, but Morgan will stick to Gurwinder Singh in the defense alongside Ivan Bukenya.

Sony Norde Mohun Bagan I-League 2016-17
Sony Norde will be raring to go against East Bengal and open his account despite injury issues

Mohun Bagan have also got some injury issues, and their prime concern will definitely be the fitness of their talisman from Haiti Sony Norde. Norde had a decent outing against Colombo FC in the AFC Cup where he scored one and assisted one and things are looking brighter for him. Even if he isn’t completely fit for the match, Mohun Bagan will make him play as he poses the biggest threat in the rather solid looking East Bengal defense. Also, the role of Daryl Duffy as a clinical striker might turn out to be one of the deciding factors in the match. But the defense definitely needs to be much more alert than they have been over the last few matches where they leaked in quite a few. The absence of Eduardo might just be a setback for the Mohun Bagan backline, but the Mohun Bagan officials are trying hard to bring him back settling the issue related to his Visa. If Eduardo fails to start the match, Mohun Bagan will definitely have a tough time to find his replacement for Kingshuk Debnath who played in his place against Aizawl FC has also sustained an injury. It is expected that Raju Gaekwad will come in as a replacement.

East Bengal (probable line-up): TP Rehenesh, Gurwinder Singh, Ivan Bukenya, Narayan Das, Rahul Bheke, Lalrindika Ralte, Mehtab Hossain, Willis Deon Plaza, Nikhil Poojari, Wedson Anselme and Robin Singh

Mohun Bagan (probable line-up): Debjit, Anas, Raju Gaekwad, Pranay Halder, Pritam Kotal, Souvik Chakraborty, Shehnaz Singh, Katsumi Yusa, Daryl Duffy, Jeje and Sony Norde

I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan Match Prediction

The upcoming East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan encounter in the I-League 2016-17 will be the ‘Home’ match for the Red and Gold brigade and expectations are high that they are going to be backed up by a huge number of traveling fans. Mohun Bagan will definitely have less number of supporters, and that might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise for few players who are going to play the Kolkata Derby for the first time. However, we predict keeping in mind East Bengal’s pretty record at the Kanchenjunga Stadium against their arch-rivals besides the current form that the match is going to end up with a 3-1 scoreline in favor of the home. The goalscorers for the home side will perhaps be Robin Singh (for he has a great record for East Bengal while playing against Mohun Bagan), Willis Deon Plaza and Lalrindika Ralte. For the Green and Maroons, Sony Norde might finally open his account in the Kolkata Derby.

I-League 2016-17: Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal Match Details

Date: February 12, 2017

Time: 04:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM GMT

Venue: Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri

I-League 2016-17: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan Live Streaming Details and TV Guide

TV Listings: The upcoming Kolkata Derby, which is going to be the first of the season after Mohun Bagan opting out of the first one that was scheduled to take place in the Calcutta Football League, is going to be telecasted live from Siliguri on Ten 2 in India.

Online Streaming: The live streaming of the Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal match in the I-League 2016-17 will be available on Ten Sports Live once the match kicks off on Sunday.

Wrap Up

Hope you did enjoy the match preview of the upcoming tie between Kolkata Giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Keep an eye on the match through the TV guide and the live streaming details that we have provided. You can also share your views regarding the match as we are always eager to hear it from you.

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