Table toppers Mohun Bagan will eye to get an inch closer to grab the I-League title when they lock horns against former champions Aizwal FC at Kalyani Municipal Corporation Stadium, Kolkata.
It is one of the most interesting fixtures with contrasting implications for both sides.
Much has changed since these two met in the league opener, which had resulted in a goalless draw at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Aizawl, over three months back.
The fact that Bagan will come closer to their second I-League title with a win on Tuesday and Aizawl are fighting relegation at the business end of the league, underlines the different trajectories the two clubs” fortunes took, post that opener.
“They drew with Chennai City in their last match and the pressure is on Mohun Bagan now. My players are ready to take them on and looking forward to a positive result and take something out of it. In football, everything is possible,” Aizawl”s coach Stanley Rozario told IANS report.
The situation, however, is not as easy as it looks for Bagan with current form in mind. Aizwal go into the Kalyani game having picked up eight points from their last five games having creditably defending champions Chennai City FC and Real Kashmir FC away from home.
Bagan are on a record-breaking 13-game unbeaten run and have not done too many things wrong over the past 12 weeks. Their Spanish trio of Fran Gonzalez, Fran Morante and Joseba Beitia have been delivering game after game and Senegalese striker Papa Diawara has scored in eight games on the trot.
What will make Aizawl’s task even more daunting apart from the delirious home fans, is the fact that Bagan boast of the strongest defence in the league, having conceded just 13 in their 15 games so far.
The match is scheduled for a 7 pm kick-off and will be broadcast LIVE on 1Sports and the 1Sports official Facebook Page. Online streaming is also available on the Fancode app and web.