It's youth Vs experience as DSK Shivajians take on Mohun Bagan
Written by: Punit Tripathi
Mohun Bagan will look to get back to winning ways after succumbing to their third draw in the last eight games...
Sanjoy Sen's Mohun Bagan will look to put pressure on table-toppers and arch-rivals East Bengal FC as they take on Pune based side DSK Shivajians, who've played the role of giant-killers this season under the tutelage of First team manager Dave Rogers.
The Greens-and-Maroons played their last game away at Mumbai FC and no goals were scored. Sanjoy Sen will hope his team can get their scoring boots on again and the pair of Jeje Lalpekhlua and Scottish striker Darryl Duffey give a better account of themselves in the attacking third.
Dave Rogers will also be hoping the likes of Sumeet Passi and Holicharan Narzary get back to scoring ways and Milan Singh contributes a little more in the attacking bracket from the middle of the pitch.
The home side is coming after two away games, both of them ending in goalless draws.That might not might sound exciting, but getting a point from a Kolkata derby and another from a game played just 2 days later is a fair deal in the whole context. While most players have come out of the gruesome schedule unscathed, it will be interesting to see how Sanjoy Sen manages the travel-weary going into the game against Shivajians. Sriker Sony Norde is a doubt.
The visitors will surely be ruing missing out on a win against minnows Minerva Punjab, and will be hoping to upset the second placed team on the table. Dave Rogers' side has looked very confident going ahead and a better finisher could have changed the fortunes of the side altogether. DSK Shivajians will still be upbeat after defeating Shillong Lajong FC in their second-last game 2-1 away.
Head to Head
The teams have played three games in total, with Mohun Bagan winning just one of the three. DSK Shivajians haven't had much luck in this fixture, the other two games ending in draws. The last time the both sides faced each other was in the fifth round of this season's I-league, the game ending goalless.
Man To Watch
Katsumi Yusa-Mohun Bagan: Yusa has been absolutely devastating this season at times, being virtually unplayable when he's in his zone. The Japanese midfielder was one of the sparking lights in the last game's drab draw and Sanjoy Sen will be hoping his attacking midfielder can weave magic on the pitch and link up well with Duffey.
Juan Quero-DSK Shivajians: The diminutive holds the key for Dave Rogers' side. Lining up beside the never-tiring Milan Singh, Juan Quero has held the strings for the Shivajians going forward. It will be interesting to see how Quero is used against the Reds who have made the JLN Stadium their fort.
Mohun Bagan: Debjit Majumdar (GK), Shubashish, Eduardo, Anas, Pritam Kotal, Sehnaj, Pronay, Yusa, Norde, Jeje and Duffey
DSK Shivajians: Subrata Paul (GK), Nirmal Chhetri, Sasha, Gourmangi Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Shane McFaul, Milan Singh, Sumeet Passi, Juan Quero, Holicharan Narzary, Mawihmingthanga
The game will be telecast on Ten Sports on 18th February at 04:35 PM. You can catch also catch all the action on KhelNow.com.
Published: Fri Feb 17, 2017 06:55 PM IST