AFC Cup 2017: Bengaluru FC Vs Mohun Bagan - Preview, team news, predicted line-ups

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Bengaluru, Mar 13: In a gap of just 2 days, Indian football giants Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC lock horns once again at Bengaluru's Shree Kanteerava Stadium.

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On Saturday, March 11, the two sides met in an I-League clash and played out a goalless draw but On Tuesday, March 14, they are up for a clash in the AFC Cup 2017.

From left: Bengaluru FC manager Albert Roca and Mohun Bagan manager Sanjoy Sen

Bengaluru FC have had an extremely topsy-turvy season this time. They started the season by beating some of the best teams in Asia and qualify for the finals of AFC Cup 2016.

The created history by becoming the first Indian club to reach the final of the continental championship.

In 2017, their run in the I-League began smoothly as they won their first 3 matches and were on track in their title defending season.

Unfortunately, after that Albert Roca's side won only one match in the I-League and have drifted away from the title race completely.

Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, have had a fine season this year so far. They have lost just 1 game in the I-League and are third in the league table with 2 games in hands.

They still have a lot to play this time and are expected to approach the AFC Cup with equal importance.


Kick off: 7:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Shree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru


Team News

Bengaluru FC have only one major injury concern. First choice goalkeeper Amrinder Singh has still not regained fitness, which means Arindam Bhattacharya will continue to guard their goalpost.

Albert Roca may bring a couple of changes in the AFC Cup clash. Sena Ralte may come in for Nishu Kumar.

The Bengaluru-based side's main focus now will be on creating good results in the AFC Cup as I-League seems to be a far-fetched dream for them.

As a result, the Spaniard will field his strongest possible XI against Mohun Bagan.

Mohun Bagan will miss the service of ace defensive midfielder Pronoy Halder due to a knock. Sanjoy Sen may also bring in a high-flying Balwant Singh in place of Jeje Lapekhlua.

Captain Shilton Paul will once again guard Bagan's goalpost in the absence of first choice custodian Debjit Majumder.


Predicted line-ups

Bengaluru FC (4-3-3): Arindam Bhattacharya; Sandesh Jhingan, John Johnson, Juan Gonzalez, Sena Ralte; Lenny Rodriguez, Cameron Watson, Eugenson Lyngdoh; Sunil Chhetri, CK Vineeth, Udanta Singh.

Bengaluru FC formation

Mohun Bagan (4-4-2): Shilton Paul; Pritam Kotal, Eduardo, Anas Edathodika, Subashish Bose; Katsumi Yusa, Souvik Chakraborty, Sehnaj Singh, Sony Norde; Balwant Singh, Darryl Duffy.

Mohun Bagan formation

Prediction

Bengaluru FC 1-1 Mohun Bagan

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