Mohun Bagan vs Shillong Lajong FC: Mohun Bagan go into their second home fixture of the 2017 I-League season against Shillong Lajong following a 1-0 win over Goan side Churchill Brothers courtesy a 28th-minute Balwant Singh strike which was enough for the Mariners to notch up three points and they will attempt to continue their positive winning start to the year. Meanwhile, their next opponents Shillong Lajong, who have been winless in their last six national level games, come to Kolkata after being hammered 3-0 by Bengaluru FC at the Sree Kanteerava stadium on account of quite an inexperienced squad. The Red and Green Brigade have had a significant run of form in their head-to-head clashes against the North-Eastern team having scored 36 goals against Lajong in 19 games across all competitions in the past with a highlight 5-0 win in May last year.
Acting on a plea, the NGT did not allow their opening match in the eco-sensitive stadium near Rabindra Sarobar lake as Barasat had hosted their match against Churchill but the upcoming match today will feature at the Sarobar stadium which is Bagan’s principle home ground as of now. Playing their seventh season in the I-League, the Shillong outfit will look to regroup fast and bring the best in Friday’s game looking for their first points in the I-League table in order to ensure a positive start to the campaign.
Mohun Bagan vs Shillong Lajong FC: Team News
The Green and Maroon brigade will meanwhile be missing U-22 player Subhasish Bose as the left-back is suspended while Darryl Duffy is also an unlikely starter as he is recovering from a bout of common cold. Brazil-born Eduardo Ferreira has also been ruled out as he was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after suffering from food poisoning. The club from Kolkata will welcome back talismanic forward Sony Norde but it is still under doubt whether the Haitian will feature in the match against Shillong Lajong or not. Coach Sanjoy Sen will definitely opt for last matches goalscorer Balwant Singh to start in the game alongside Jeje Lalpekhlua. Also, Sourav Das is expected to fill in the mandatory U-22 player’s role in the playing 11.
Shillong Lajong FC
Shillong Lajong coach Thagboi Singto had already taken a major gamble in the last match featuring eight U-22 players resulting in an inexperienced performance in the middle of the park. The team comprised of the Northe=Eastern sides foreign recruits like Fabio Pena, Yuta Kinowaki and Dan Ignat putting in stellar performances and the coach will most probably opt for the same team to face Mohun Bagan in Kolkata trying to salvage at leats one point from the game. Rocus Lamare has not made the trip and will miss out in the game due to injury.
Mohun Bagan vs Shillong Lajong FC: Probable Starting Lineups
Mohun Bagan (4-4-2)
Debjit; Das, Edathodika, Debnath, Kotal; Yusa, Chakraborty, Singh, Lewis; Balwant, Jeje
Shillong Lajong FC
Kaith; Singh, Ignath, Dorjee, Chinglesana; Ralte, Pena, Kinowaki, Nongram; Tlang, Dipanda
Mohun Bagan vs Shillong Lajong FC: Match Details
Date: Jan 13, 2017
Time: 7 PM IST
Venue: Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata
Telecast: Ten 2 (India)
Mohun Bagan vs Shillong Lajong FC: Match Prediction
The match seems promising and a good chance for the young Shillong side to notch up a point but stopping the 2015 Champions will definitely be a difficult deal, considering the form they are in. Our prediction stands at a 2-0 home win for Mohun Bagan with Jeje scoring a brace for the Mariners.