2014-15 I-League Round 20: The First of Five Rounds This Month

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This is it, this will be the month when champions are made! Can Mohun Bagan keep their lead at the top of the table? Can Bengaluru FC capitalize on a Bagan mistake and ride to their second consecutive victory? Can Royal Wahingdoh surprise us all? What about East Bengal and Pune? And that is not even talking about the relegation race where Sporting Goa are the bottom side here but clubs like Dempo, Shillong Lajong, and Mumbai are not far off from replacing Sporting at the bottom.

This shall be an interesting May for sure!

It all starts off on Saturday when Shillong Lajong host Dempo in what will be a relegation fighter match. Both clubs are coming off 3-1 defeats in their last matches but Thangboi Singto's men will have the home advantage for this match, however, Trevor Morgan's men will be the better side on paper... can the Federation Cup finalists show off their ability on the pitch now?

In the second match of the day, Mumbai FC take on table toppers Mohun Bagan. Khalid Jamil's side are also fighting relegation and will find it tough to save themselves against a strong Mohun Bagan side. A smart man would believe Jamil will just try to go for the draw here but Sanjoy Sen's attack will make that the Mumbaikar's toughest task of the season.

At the same time Sporting Goa will be fighting to save themselves against a relegation free Bharat FC. Sporting Goa will enter this match with a 4 match undefeated streak while Bharat FC will enter this match after defeat to Bengaluru FC at home. Mateus Costa's men will see this match as their best chance to gain 3 points.

The round shall then conclude on Sunday with Royal Wahingdoh hosting Salgaocar. Salgaocar are affectively just a mid-table side while Wahingdoh are title challengers but barely as they have played more matches than all their title rivals. Three points is a must here for Wahingdoh and if they fail to do so then the title will perhaps be to far from their grasps. A Bagan victory the day before would see Wahingdoh 7 points behind and anything but a win would see Wahingdoh be out of the running unless they make up the goal-difference in the last two games.

Finally, the round concludes with other title challengers, Bengaluru FC, taking on East Bengal. Ashley Westwood's men have yet to taste victory against East Bengal and might fancy themselves here in this encounter. Bengaluru FC have recently qualified for the next round of the AFC Cup while East Bengal have crashed out after a wet night in Kolkata. Can Bengaluru FC break the spell East Bengal has on them and continue fighting for the title or will East Bengal have something up their sleeves?

2 May 2015:
- Shillong Lajong vs. Dempo (Nehru Stadium; 16:30).
- Mumbai vs. Mohun Bagan (Cooperage Ground; 19:00).
- Sporting Goa vs. Bharat FC (Fatorda Stadium; 19:00).

3 May 2015:
- Royal Wahingdoh vs. Salgaocar (Nehru Stadium; 16:30).
- Bengaluru FC vs. East Bengal (Sree Stadium; 19:00).

Bye: Pune.


  • munna219777munna219777 28332 Points
    Clubs from Shillong generally lose badly when they were playing away from Shillong. But this year, they won many games outside Shillong but their Home turf performance has been sketchy. Lets see if they can win this time as both Lajong and Royals will be playing at Home.
    Battle for last position between SCG and Kalyani Bharat will be interesting too. Can Mumbai FC return to their winning form at Cooperage and spoil Mohun bagan dreams?
  • EastBengalPrideEastBengalPride India9057 Points
    Milan Susak has been ruled out for the season and Bertos is also not travelling to Bengaluru due to injury. Arnab Mondal is nursing a groin injury while Dudu had a MRI scan done today for his back injury, both are uncertain starters but will be in the squad. Robert is missing the match due to suspension while Soumik Dey is out with injury he picked playing for his office team. If Bengaluru cant beat us in this state, then they dont deserve the title anyways! 

    Agree with @Rohan , this is the weekend champions would be made in all probability. May EB and the other best team(s) win! 
  • MaddieMaddie ಮೈಸೂರು(Mysuru) / Canada2897 Points
    ain't gonna be same story this Sunday.... bring it on BFC!!!
  • wakao10wakao10 307 Points
    Hearing Amiri is out for season, had ACL surgery.
  • EastBengalPrideEastBengalPride India9057 Points
    Bengali media claiming almost 1000 MB supporters would be present in Cooperage tomorrow!
  • ArsenalFan700ArsenalFan700 Reddit13655 Points
    So... why is this thread not an announcement yet? Come on mods!
  • archakarchak 2081 Points
    @eastbenglpride yeah two fan group have lead the initiative. the mumbai-pune  and the bangalore
  • 7negi7negi India10890 Points
    #HeroILeague  #SCGvKBFC Kick off 4:30 PM IST 

    Sporting starting XI: Ravi Kumar (gk), Amna, Wolfe, Antao, Victorino, Shirodkar, Brandon Fernandes​ , C Chinta, Clemente, Garcia, Gonsalves

    Bharat FC XI - Arindam (gk ) Gouramangi Singh​ , hassell, Ravanan,Boco,Asif k,G Vignesh, Dipendu,Siranjeet Singh ,Subash Singh ,Surajit Bose.

    Sporting subs: Thapa (gk), Lourenco, Martins, Pereira, Cajetan, Odafa, Saha 

    #BharatFC substitutes: Harshad Meher (gk), Tapan Maity, Naorem James Singh, Manjit Singh Mann, Steven Dias, Syed Nabi, Tomba Singh 

  • 7negi7negi India10890 Points
    ‪#‎HeroILeague‬ ‪#‎SLFCvDEM‬

    ‪#‎SLFC‬ XI - Rehnesh, Tamang, Son, Singh, K. Singh, B. Haokip, Orji, Z. Ralte, Glen, Uilliams, Doungel

    ‪#‎Dempo‬ XI - Kattimani, Rodrigues, N. Chettri, Angus, Roy, G. Fernandes, Lenny, Miranda, Francis, S. Singh, Narzary
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