I-League 2018-19: Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan: Preview and prediction
Aizawl FC will be hosting Mohun Bagan tomorrow in their return I-League fixture. While the northeastern team is eighth on the league table with 14 points from 15 matches, the Mariners are sixth with 23 points from 16 matches. It will be a huge challenge for Aizawl to face the Kolkata giants, given their performance this season. Here is our detailed match preview.
Aizawl will be confident after picking up an away win against Minerva Punjab. Stanley Rosario has markedly improved their performance, as they have only lost once since he took over as manager. They should look towards attacking from the start and a win will see the Northeastern club reach the seventh spot on the league table, and steer clear of relegation fears.
Mohun Bagan have a weak defense which they should take care of. Otherwise, Aizawl can cause them problems. Defenders Eze Kingsley and Lalchhawnkima have hardly proved their mettle in any recent match. Lack of a creative midfielder who can provide the most important passes has proved to be Bagan's bane, especially as Omar Elhusseiny, who could've played the part, is lacking consistency.
For Aizawl, the important players will surely be Ansumana Kromah and Leonce Dodoz, the two strikers, who should try and score an early goal. Kassaga and Nurin in the defense will have to control Bagan's fierce attackers in the form of Sony Norde and Dipander Dicka, who will be their main trump cards in the match. Mehtab Hossain has also proved vital for Bagan.
Aizawl FC: Lalawmpuia, Vanlalduatsanga, Vanlalthanga, Lalrinchhana, Richard, Jaryan, Singh, Nurain, Dodoz, Kromah, Vanlalruatfela. Mohun Bagan: Paul, Bagui, Lalchawnkima, Kumar, Ambekar, Mallick, D'Silva, El Husseiny, Norde, Kisseka, Dicka. The match is scheduled to kick-off from 2:00 PM and will be telecast on the Star Sports network. It can also be live-streamed on Hotstar or Jio TV.
The match looks to be in Mohun Bagan's favor tomorrow but only if they can manage to defend right. Aizawl have had a lack of goalscoring prowess, something which Bagan should capitalize on tomorrow. However, the match is at Aizawl's home and they will do everything possible to procure a result in their favor. We predict 2-1 in Bagan's favor.
Choose Shilton Paul as the goalkeeper using a 4-2-3-1 formation. Kumar and Vanlalthanga can be the center-backs with Bagui and Lalrinchhana playing as the left and right backs respectively. Ambekar and Richard can be the defensive midfielders while Govin Singh, Kromah and Norde play higher up. Dicka can be the ideal striker.