Defending I-League champions Mohun Bagan will be keen on picking up their fourth straight win in the AFC Cup 2016 when they face Yangon United at the Youth Training Center in Yangon Wednesday. The Mariners have a bright chance of progressing to the next round, as they currently hold a five-point lead after three games of the competition.
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However, what needs to be seen is whether the Indian side can really keep their momentum at the back of some bitter results in the I-League this season. The Kolkata giants have failed to win any of their previous four games in the domestic league and the team's morale seems to be quite low. They have also possibly lost the I-League title this season to Bengaluru FC.
Whatever the form might be, Sanjoy Sen's side need to shift their focus back at the AFC Cup, where they are dominating their group. They started their campaign with a whopping 5-2 win over Maziya in Guwahati and then defeated South China by a 4-0 margin in Hong Kong. Their last fixture in the tournament turned out to be a 3-2 win against Yangon in Guwahati.
Now, if they record another win against the Myanmar side in the return leg, Mohun Bagan will enter the knockout stages of the AFC Cup 2016 with two games to spare.
"We need at least another win to secure our place, so we will be looking for that, but we will have to respect our opponents who are a very good team," Sen was quoted as saying by Fox Sports Asia.
Bagan's star winger Sony Norde has not travelled with the team for the match as he suffered a fresh injury in the club's previous I-League game against DSK Shivajians. Balwant Singh, Prabir Das and Souvik Chakraborty are also missing. However, the likes of Jeje Lalpekhlua, Cornell Glen and Yusa Katsumi are fit to participate in the game.
Marcelo Fernandes scored a brace for Yangon the last time the two teams met in the competition last month. Jeje too got a brace for Bagan.
"In our first game against Mohun Bagan, we knew little about them, but I was very satisfied with my players, despite the result," Yangon coach Marjan Sekulovski said. "When you play away and score two goals at the very least we would have expected a point. But now we have more knowledge on Mohun Bagan and we will try our best tomorrow for a good result."
Where to watch live
Yangon United vs Mohun Bagan is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. IST (5:30 p.m. Singapore time), April 13.
Viewers in India can catch the game on Star Sports 2.
Viewers in Singapore can catch the game on Fox Sports. Online streaming is available on Fox Sports Play.
Live scores from the match can also be found on the official Mohun Bagan Twitter handle.