McDwell Mohun Bagan will meet McDwell (actually Aircel is the principal sponsor) Shillong Lajong in the 8th Round of iLeague. Mohun Bagan has secured 9 points from 7 games this season while Shillong Lajong, who’s at number 6, one above Mohun Bagan , has 12 points from 8 games. Shillong Lajong officials have done a wonderful job this season – they have roped in Aircel, Kingfisher, McDwell as the sponsors, and Adidas is the kit sponsor. For online ticketing one can visit Kyazoonga.com
Lajong’s Brazilian striker Uilliams Silva is playing well and is creating panic in opponent boxes. His speed and power shots. Besides Lajong tends to get penalty shots in vital moments of the game – so Bagan, with defenders having track records of conceding penalty kicks , must be careful.
This is also a game of Thangboi Singto and Birendra Thapa – they will definitely try to prove their worth in this game- hence a tactical game is expected, particularly when Bagan is missing the services of Odafa and Eric.
Both Ralte and Vinay are doing well under the bar, and Sabeeth and Shankar will have to get past their abilities to score against Lajong. The Korean Minchol would have the responsibility to mark Katsumi – and Passan, Jibon will be assisting him. For Fanai – it is a challege as well – he definitely would like to get past his ex-club.
Haokip and Lalramluaha definitely would try to control the midfield along with the Jap Taisuke – and would get assistance from Milon , Ralte or JAcob.
Silva is expected to be there in the field along with Tuboi or Subhash – and if the coaching staff plans to rest Minchol, Silva can have Glen beside him instead.
Bagan midfield really need to work hard against Lajong since the opponent has not only the advantage of the altitude, but also have one of the most young and talented players with good sprint and fitness and the average age is around 26.
For Bagan – to be there in top 5, it is important to secure 3 points from this game – and the team is expected to play a counter attack based football against Lajong.