Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bengaluru FC look for fourth straight win

Namma Bengaluru FC, leading the I-League table with 24 points (from 12 outings) will be meeting Mohammedan Sporting at the latter's home turf tomorrow. Bengaluru FC edged past 2-1 when the teams clashed in October 10 in the Bangalore Football Stadium. 

Regardless of tomorrow’s result, our Steel men would still lead the points table as their nearest rivals Sporting Clube De Goa not in action this round. However, looks like Bengaluru FC is set to win their 4th straight win as their opponent have been held to a hat trick of goalless draws at home. To rub more salt, they were beaten 3-2 by Army XI in the Calcutta Football League last weekend. Currently Mohammedan Sporting are 10th in the Airtel I-League with 13 points. 

Bengaluru FC are possibly stronger than they were two months ago because they are no longer relying only on their home form. Gaffer Ashley’s side have won their last two away matches, both in Goa, including the 3-1 win over Churchill Brothers in the last round. 

Ashley Westwood said, “They’re a decent side, got some good foreigners. It’s going to be a tough game and obviously we’re playing away from home again.”
Both sides are unbeaten in their last four games but Bengaluru have also managed three straight wins and much of it has been down to the form of club and India captain Sunil Chhetri, who has netted back-to-back braces. He is currently the highest Indian scorer with six and not far away from the tally of overall top scorer Darryl Duffy, who has eight. 

Another away win will strengthen the Bengaluru squad’s belief of mounting a serious title challenge but they lost 2-0 to East Bengal in their last visit to Kolkata and coach Westwood remains cautious. 

Match will be played tomorrow, Wednesday, 2 pm, at the Salt Lake Stadium.