Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC Match Preview
After ensuring themselves of a semifinal berth, Mohun Bagan are likely to adopt a bend-but-don’t-break approach when they take on Bengaluru FC in their final Group B fixture of the Federation Cup on Friday.
Mohun Bagan are sitting on the pole position in Group B with 6 points from 2 games. Mohun Bagan are likely to make the semi-finals as group toppers unless they suffer a major meltdown. On the other hand, BFC are sitting on the second position with 3 points from 2 games. BFC will know what exactly they need to do to make it to the semi-finals as the other match between DSK Shivajians and Shillong Lajong would be over by the time they take the field.
It’s expected that Sanjoy Sen would rest some player for their tie against BFC as their players are tired and fatigue after playing 2 matches in 4 days. The tight schedule and the advantageous position gives Sanjoy Sen the required freedom to rotate his squad. Despite this, he said that he would love to beat Bengaluru FC and knock them out.
Sen didn’t disclose of Sony Norde and Katsumi Yusa, two key components of Bagan’s attacking plans, would get a break. However, Jeje Lalpekhlua – who came in as a substitute in both matches – is likely to feature in the starting 11 in place of Duffy.
Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca blamed exhaustion of his players for the surprise 2-0 defeat against Shivajians on Wednesday. Mohun Bagan can take ideas from DSK Shivajians’ strategy of nullifying Bengaluru’s play. Shivajians coach Rogers choked BFC’s attacking play by employing Jerry Mawihmingthanga to mark Sunil Chettri and Jerry did such an excellent job that Sunil Chettri was forced to look like a mere spectator.
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 19:00 ( IST )
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
TV Details: TEN 2
Live Stream: Sony LIV app, JIO TV app