Round 7 : Redemption time for some , new hope for others.

Round 7 starts off with a Tuesday game of EAST BENGAL ( WDDWLW..) hosting Shillong Lajong FC (DLWW..) in the Televised 7pm game.
Both teams coming off a win in their last games , the Kolkata giants huffed & puffed to a comfortable 2nil win , which turned out to be the death knell for Aizwal coach Manuel Retemaro. The presence of Bernard Mendy has taken some pressure off the shoulders of Ranty Martins but seems to have unsettled a petulant Do-Dong.
Even without the pace winger, KEB have enough in their squad to put out a strong team in a 4-4-2 formation to cause Lajong's young back 4 a lot of problems.
The Brazilian duo of Uilliams Souza & Fabio have both scored in their recent wins, and are starting to find some chemistry between them.
Penn Orji will have a point to prove against his former employers, and the midfield battles will hold key to this game. Lajong wingers have the pace to cause problems for the East Bengal defence,  but it's whether they can handle the big game pressure.

East Bengal have kept 3 clean sheets in 6 games, something which will hold them in good stead, as they strive to make a genuine challenge for the title.
If Thangboi Singto can script an unlikely win or even scrape a draw, the knives will be sharpened against Biswajit Da

The next day will see the Battle of the Direct entry teams as Bengaluru FC ( WWWLWL) host DSK Shivajians (DLLLW) at 7pm at Sree Kanteerava.
Derrick Pereira has never managed win against Ashley Westwood in the League, but there is no better time to play the Blues. Smarting from a shock defeat to 10men Sporting, the Pune boys are fresh from their maiden victory. DSK's problems have been the lack of goals, they managed 1 in the last game , and managed to hold onto that > with their misfiring "captain " Perrcik Dipanda out with an ankle injury , they might have to persist with the old war horse Mohd. Rafi , as chubby Baljit Sahni is yet to show the staff that he is fit to last 90mins.
Expect them to line up with a 4-5-1 formation in an attempt to frustrate BFC and try to hit them on the counter attack.
The Blues meanwhile are clearly missing Euegenson Lyngdoh, as his composure on the ball, and goals/assist helped them maintain a title challenge last year. The jury is still out on Michael Collins , and cracks also are beginning to appear in the normally reliable BFC wall of Johnson & Osano.
8 goals in 6 games is certainly not Championship form , the captain & Kim Yong Song will have to step up to provide CK Vineeth with more support in the absence of Udanta Singh.
Don't expect many goals in this game , could be settled by a set piece or some referee decision.
The same evening will see Mumbai FC (DDWWL) host Mohun Bagan (WWDW) at Cooperage. This will be an acid test for both teams. Khalid Jamil's men would've been read the riot act for failing to take care of business against DSK in Pune. With just 2 days between games, Mumbai FC will be forced to make some changes  , none more crucial than finding a replacement for the injured Taisuke Matsugane. Their talismanic skipper was off with a muscle pull that could see him miss a month of action, music to the ears of Sanjoy Sen , who will be looking for all the help he can get after being dealt a bad hand by the AIFF and AFC schedule. They need to pick up points asap, or the games in hand will turn out to be a poisoned chalice once the AFC picture pile up begins.
The free scoring Mariners need to tighten up at the back , as going a goal down to the Mumbaikars could see the return of the ghost from Balewadi

A win here and following it up with 3 points in Bangalore 3 days later, will see them in pole position for the title.


the last match of the round see's a resurgent Sporting Clube de Goa (LDWLW) play host to Salgaocar(LLLLD) in a crucial GOAN Derby.
Expect this game to be played out in drab atmosphere with no crowds at Fatorda.
Santosh Kashyap will persist with his 3-4-3 (5-2-3 ) as he hopes his kamikaze formation from Royal Wahingdoh days will work with his new wards. The talismanic Duffy will once again be expected to provide the goals, and hope he gets more support from the unreliable Seityasen & Jackiechand. The defence has been boosted by the help of the Brazilian acquisition , but the full backs & goalkeeper are still prone to 1 or 2 clangers each game.
SCdeGoa look stronger with 10men versus BFC , and the midfield of Amna , Theobold & Denson is a match for any team in the league.. 
The weak links of Fulganco & Clemente will be tested by the 2 Manipuri's of the greens , & the suspension of Dharmaraj Ravanan will most likely open the door up for Mehraj Wadoo . Whilst this could make them susceptible at the back , they should have enough going forward to win this game.




  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India29808 Points
    Awesome review, @gaffertape ! Thoroughly informative, comprehensive, free from verbiage and totally unbiased. Some comments a) KEB might have enough on their squad on paper, but they have not looked convincing at all in the last couple of games. If they do not lift the standard of their game by several notches, they might be in for trouble. b) Bengaluru FC might have lost the last two games  and might be missing Lyngdoh, but they have this habit of  rising to the occasion and putting in a good performance after a bad game. A very resilient team that. c) Mumbai FC vs Mohun Bagan might well turn out to be the match of this round....No Comments! 
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India29808 Points
    'review' should be read as 'preview'.
  • shankarshankar 2600 Points
    edited February 2016
    Really?? this is season where teams like DSK, SCG, Salgaocar, Aizawl all looking poor with MFC comfortable for top 5 position and this is what you could best come up with??

    The free scoring Mariners need to tighten up at the back , as going a goal down to the Mumbaikars could see the return of the ghost from Balewadi
  • gaffertapegaffertape 13021 Points
    Hahaha @shankar ;

    MUMBAI FC no doubt have a great squad....but you take Taisuke out....keep Sushil Kumar Singh up top...and you really are reliant on midfielders to get you goals.

    JAYESH Rane is missing.. they have a game 2 days after a shock defeat..
    JAMIL's superstitious beliefs and numerology will all return. 

    What do you to wax eloquently on the virtues of their Japanese striker who is more of a link man...
    Or Eric Brown who will score 1 or 2 thunderbolts in a season...and then proceed to get fat again.

    Mohun Bagans strike force should rip them apart. Do you recall Glenn at Cooperage last year !?
  • deepakcdeepakc Mumbai 3416 Points
    Nobody does previews better than you @gaffertape . Nobody.
  • shankarshankar 2600 Points
    If you have said MFC would be playing defensive it was different.. but you mentioned the negative time wasting tactic which is prevalent all over the league at present...
    Compact defensive performance  is what I expect too from MFC not the one which was mentioned in the preview
  • gaffertapegaffertape 13021 Points
    @shankar ;
    Mumbai FC games have hardly been it's tough ...even though the Gaffer can be in 2 places at once...3 in one week is tough ask.

    Once Mumbai start to exhibit some pattern of play and some attractive play, it's hard to forget what they have served up for 5 years.
  • Which games other than the first one will be televised?
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India29808 Points
    According to the Ten Action schedule, Mumbai FC vs Mohun Bagan and Sporting Club de Goa vs Salgaocar will be telecast live. Not sure about the first one thought, has any Mumbai FC match been telecast live on Ten Action?
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