Mohun Bagan have secured 2 points from 4 matches in the i-League this season, trying to search back their top-flight status – lost since the current Management body took over the charges of Mohun Bagan.
Two draws and two back to back loses – the first one in an away match and the second one in home ground , tell their own story. And to make matters worse they are yet to get the service of their captain Odafa Okolie, while it has been reported that the players have some payment issues.
While Mohun Bagan is moving towards another dull season, Salgaocar got past Mumbai FC 3-1 in their last game. Darryl Duffy scored twice in the game, and Gilbert Oliveira increased the margin.
Derrick Pereira had planned the game against Mohun Bagan much before the Mumbai FC game and did not risk playing Augustin Fernandes. Claude Gnakpa was on the bench as well. Derrick’s boys are expected to control the midfield against Mohun Bagan who have a weaker set of auality players in the middle third in comparison to the opponent. Salgaocar’s attaks are expected from left as Rahul Kumar is in form. Bagan defense need to work hard to anticipate Gilbert Olivier crosses as well.
Karim meanwhile would get back Anyichie Echezona after he got a marching order out of poor refereeing in the Pune FC game. It will be interesting to see if he fields Odafa Okolie later in the game against Salgaocar.