I-League: Struggling Chennai City faces in-form Mohun Bagan

I-League's newest entrants, Chennai City FC will have its task cut-out when it takes on one of the formidable teams - Mohun Bagan - in the league.

Mohun Bagan players going through the paces ahead of their match against Chennai City FC.   -  V.Ganesan

Two teams with two drastically different stories will clash on Saturday in Chennai. One, a newcomer in the I-League. The other is the oldest football club in the continent. One is struggling with form and only has one point in three matches. It's opponent has notched up three wins in three matches. Odds will be heavily stacked against Chennai City FC when it takes on 2014-2015 I-League champion Mohun Bagan at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

If three matches are anything to go by, then the current season of I-League, much like the past three seasons, will be a two-horse race. Both Bagan and Bengaluru FC have won all three of their matches and neither have conceded a goal so far. The attacking clan of Jeje Lalpekhlua, Kean Lewis, Sony Norde, Darryl Duffy, and Katsumi Yusa looked like a well oiled attacking machine for Bagan in its thrashing of Minerva Punjab FC in the previous game.

Meanwhile, the home side has struggled to find a foothold in the opening matches and has not scored a goal so far. Coach Robin Charles and his men will be hoping for a change of fortunes but standing against them will be the formidable centre-back pairing of Anas Edathodika, who has carried his good from the Indian Super League, and Eduardo Ferreira.

Chennai adds Reagan

Chennai attack has lacked the cutting edge and the team will be counting on Malsawmfela and Charles De Souza to provide the spark going forward. The team also announced that it will be signing Tamil Nadu-born forward A. Reagan to add to its striking power. The striker had a great Santosh Trophy outing and will be looking to make a significant impact in the country's top league. Bagan's Sanjoy Sen is a manager who encourages his team to attack and the home side can expect to be under siege most of the match. Forward Marcos Tank has looked promising in his substitute appearances for the home side and the Brazilian's direct play in counter-attacks will be key if Chennai is to nick something from the game.

After winning the man of the match for his heroics against Bengaluru FC, injured 'keeper Karanjit Singh iwas sorely missed by Chennai against DSK Shivajians. He, along with captain Dharmaraj Ravanan, will need to produce exemplary performances if it is to thwart a Bagan side which has been tuned to attack.

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