Mohun Bagan (@1.66) vs Mohammedan SC (@4.5)
20-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Mohun Bagan will win

Mohun Bagan – Mohammedan SC Match Prediction | 20-09-2019 05:30

It will be a great opportunity for the Kolkata giants to win the coveted trophy after 18 long years and also clinch it for a record 17th time. Mohun Bagan is the most successful team in the history of the Durand Cup along with arch-rivals East Bengal. Both the clubs have won 16 titles each. The last time the green and maroon brigade won the trophy was back in 2000.

The presence of experienced Tirthankar Sarkar in the squad will make it more balanced, while the other Indian players are relatively young. Playing as the underdogs will also bring out the best in the players, which will make it an eye-catching contest. Nevertheless, Kolkata Maidans Bablu Da is known for pulling off upsets in the past, so it will be a hard nut to crack for Mohun Bagan.

Mohun Bagan - Mohammedan: Scored in Second Half

It is expected that the team will go all guns blazing in their last match. Indian Navy impressed in the first game, having played out a 1-1 draw against Indian Super League outfit ATK. Having already been eliminated from the tournament, Indian Navy have nothing to lose. But, in both the matches, their attitude has been positive, and they have played fearless football throughout. They were outclassed by heavyweights Mohammedan Sporting Club in the next match by a 6-2 margin.

Mohun Bagan have already set a foot in the knockout stages of the competition, and they will be eager to cement their place with no less than a win against Indian Navy at the Salt Lake Stadium this weekend. It game will also act as preparation ahead of the semi-final clash next week. On the other hand, the Indian Navy can hope to put up a tough fight when they face the 16-time champions.

In spite of enjoying a 2-goal cushion in the next fixture against ATK, they conceded a late goal and could have even conceded another one. Their back four looked ill-at-ease on several occasions, which is a major concern for the team. The green and maroon brigade started the tournament with a bang, defeating Mohammedan Sporting Club by a 2-0 margin.

Mohun Bagan - Mohammedan: Over 0.5 goals

Spanish gaffer Kibu Vicuna will be making his debut as the head coach for The Mariners in the upcoming match. Having dismantled the entire squad, the management has revamped it with substantial additions to form a versatile unit. Even though Mohun Bagan won the Calcutta Football League last season, they had a dismal outing in the I-League having finished at the fifth position in the standings.

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Bagans defence has been breached quite a few times this season, and they are yet to win a game in the Calcutta Football League. Morante is the backbone of Mohun Bagans defence and is expected to play a key role for them in the future. He even scored a goal against ATK in their last Durand Cup tie. Although they have won both their games in the Durand Cup, they have looked vulnerable at the back. Fran Morante has been an exception, and the Spanish stopper has hardly committed any errors.

Durand Cup 2019: Mohun Bagan vs Indian Navy | Match Preview, Team News, Live Streaming details

Mohun Bagan will try to mend their ways in the upcoming match, and a clean sheet will boost their confidence in the build-up to the last four clashes. The Durand Cup is the curtain-raiser to the Indian football season this time, and this is a golden opportunity for Kibu Vicuna to experiment with his squad and get a proper combination ahead of the all-important I-League.

The former Mohun Bagan player has been the best player for the Indian Navy. The Goa-based footballer has the ability to haunt Bagans defence in the upcoming fixture. They were thrashed 6-2 by Mohammedan Sporting Club, but Britto scored a brace for them as a consolation. He's has been a livewire on the wings and was at a significant contributor in all of their attacks.

He was the top performer in his team today in the attacking third and created a number of opportunities for the strikers but they failed to finish them. Sk. Faiaz, the lanky winger has been infine form for his team in the tournament so far. He had scored the all-important first goal with a calm and composed head on his shoulders. Mohammedan Sporting may have lost the plot in the CFL after todays defeat but they surely have gifted Kolkata Maidan a new star.

Mohun Bagan - Mohammedan: Over 1.5 goals

On the other hand, Mohammedan Sporting Club is managed by one of Indias most renowned coaches, Subrata Bhattacharya. The Black Panthers have already secured the services of Ugandan playmaker Mussa Mudde, Nigerian stopper Karim Omolaja Nurain, and the Ivorian duo of Charles Atcha and Arthur Kouassi in the striking zone. After failing to break into the I-League last season, the club bosses vested the responsibility of the team to the tactical genius.

The 129th edition of the Cup will get a major facelift, with 16 teams participating in the meet, which includes 5 Indian Super League clubs, 6 I-League clubs, 1 I-League 2nd division club and the four teams from the Army. Two of Indias oldest football clubs, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting Club will lock horns in the curtain-raiser of the tournament on Friday evening. The majestic Salt Lake Stadium is all set to host the first match of the prestigious Durand Cup this season.