I-League: Bagan hosts BFC with eye on second spot

Bagan is on second spot in the points table with 27 points and a win would not only be a sweet memory but it would also seal its runners-up place ahead of its arch-rival East Bengal.

Jeje Lalpekhlua scored for Mohun Bagan when the teams last met in the I-League.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Though Mohun Bagan has lost its I-League crown to Bengaluru FC, it will have a chance to grab a win against the champion, when the teams meet in the last league match of the season here on Friday.

Bagan is on second spot in the points table with 27 points and a win would not only be a sweet memory but it would also seal its runners-up place ahead of its arch-rival East Bengal.

What would be of concern for Sanjoy Sen and his men is the fact that they have only won one game in their last five outings. Therefore coming out victorious against the new champion will be a difficult task.

The likes of Sony Norde and Cornell Glen need to fire if Bagan is to bag all three points. The forwards this season have been amongst goals and they would ideally want to sign off with something special. Jeje Lalpekhlua and Katsumi Yusa are also likely to be a constant threat to the Bengaluru defence.

What would give the Mariners confidence is that it has won the first leg away at Bengaluru. The visitor ideally would not want to go down twice in a season to another heavyweight and therefore coach Ashley Westwood would not leave any stone unturned to hold Bagan off.

If Bagan fail to log full points, East Bengal — which has a game against Shillong Lajong on Sunday would be in with a chance to grab a second place finish.

The host will have a lot of support here and with the vociferous supporters egging them on, the game promises to be an exciting one.

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