Preview: Defending Champions locking horns with the Probable Champions

Arijit Mukherjee  |  Aizawl FC  |  1 Year Ago

It is the Super Sunday of Indian football. In the first match the Mighty Bengaluru is going to lock horns against the Surprise boys of Aizawl. Bengaluru FC has already thrown in the towel in the title race but would like to pay their dues to their home fan at the fortress of Kanteerava Stadium.


Bengaluru under Alberto Rocha has struggled throughout the season besides recently suffering a pasting at the hands of their arch-rivals MohunBagan in the awn fixture. They would look to win at home and keep their momentum up from the AFC Cup win at Maldives. The Big Two from Kolkata would also hope that they snatch all three or at least a point from Khalid Jamil’s Aizawl FC so that they have a chance to overtake them later in the title race.


The title race is at a very tantalising point and any of the top three teams can win the title and at least one of the three teams can get eliminated from the title race with a damning loss today.


Khalid Jamil’s boys have been simply untouchable at home but they are extremely poor travellers to the plains as I had pointed at the start of the season. Whereas, Aizawl has collected 21 points from 8 matches at home, they have only collected 8 points from their six matches on their travel. The small but spirited boys from Aizawl have already exceeded all expectations but these last four matches will be make or break for them as they will play three of their four matches away from home starting with the Bengaluru match.


It would be interesting to see the tactics applied by Khalid Jamil in this match at the Kanteerava Stadium as he will leave no stone unturned to make sure he does not lose three points from this match. Whereas, Rocha would like to keep up the winning momentum at home at least for the AFC Cup and look to be consistent at least once in the season and ensure that they finish in the top of half of the table to have an automatic berth in the Federation Cup.



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