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I-League Round-15: Bengaluru FC, East Bengal ready to serve sizzler

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BFC PRESS RELEASE : League leaders Bengaluru FC host East Bengal at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Sunday, in what's shaping up to be a humdinger of a duel if the pre-game buzz is anything to go by. A completely sold out stadium and a pre-match press conference that lasted longer than usual are only feelers of the battle that will unfold on field.

The teams meet for a second time this season after Bengaluru were handed their first defeat - a 2-0 result- by East Bengal at Kalyani and though the odds seem to favour the hosts this time around, Ashley Westwood isn't seeing much into it. "We know we are the form side but all we need to do is doing exactly what we have been. If you have to be winners, you need to be consistent," said the coach on the eve of the game.

Bengaluru are on a fantastic run, going unbeaten in their last five games that include three wins away from home. There hasn't been a dearth of goals with Sunil Chhetri and Sean Rooney sharing 15 of the club's 22 goals between them. The times when the duo haven't turned up, players like John Menyongar, Beikhokhei Beingaichho, John Johnson and Siam Hanghal have played more than just the cameo.

East Bengal, on the other hand, have had a mixed bag since Armando Colaco took over reins at the Kolkata club. The golden-maroon brigade have won two, drawn two and lost the one against Mumbai FC. "BFC are a good team and in some fine form. I don't know what will unfold but what I can tell you is that it will be a fantastic game to watch," said Colaco.

The only blip for Westwood would be the absence of central defender Johnson who has been a rock at the back with fellow-defender Curtis Osano. The Englishman picked up his fourth yellow card of the League during the game against Mohammedan Sporting, ruling him out of the big clash. Even East Bengal have an absentee in the same position with Uga Okpara not making the trip to Bangalore while an injured Mehtab Hossain is in Mumbai and is most likely to undergo an operation.

Meeting in the First Leg 26.10.13 Kingfisher East Bengal - 2-0 Bengalaru FC Kalyani
KEB : Robin Singh-Self,James Moga)

I-League Round-15: Unitd SC to face Pune FC at Kalyani tomorrow

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USC PRESS RELEASE : "Form is temporary, Class is permanent" - Ranti Martins. United Sports Club will face a struggling Pune FC side in an I-League match to be played at the Kalyani Stadium starting from 2.00 p.m. on tomorrow.

The members of the Purple Brigade had a practice session on the eve of the match and looks well motivated to end their 4 match win-less streak in the campaign. However the squad is now hit by fresh injuries with a number of first-team members looking doubtful for the fixture.

"Hassan, Eric, Snehasish and Jayanta have small injuries but enough maybe to skip this game. As many people keep asking and hoping for that Lal kamal is back does not mean that he's up to the task showing in last match. Any player who is out for more than 3 weeks (Lal was 2 months) needs to get his rhythm back. Lal has my full support and hope he finds it asap. This is the same for Mohammed Rafique who was out before also not finding his rhythm yet," Eelco told before the match.

He also stressed that the team will be working together to come out of this hard times."All in all to many obstacles to make a stable performance very difficult. We will go try to win this game while every game has chances from the start of the game. We will do our best and get through this difficult time," he remarked after the pre-match practice.

Ranti Martins also had a brief chat after the practice session and stressed that he will try to put up a display of his class."I know the kind of form I am in this year. But please remember, form is temporary, class is permanent," a determined Ranti told the media before leaving.

Pune FC have also been going thorough a rough patch, bagging only 3 points from their last 5 matches. The reverse fixture was played about two weeks ago, when Asif K restored parity late into the game after the Red Lizards had gone one goal up in the second half, claiming a point for his side.

A win in this fixture will take both the teams out of the mid-table days and this face-off between two Dutch tacticians is expected to be a treat to watch.

Probable Team Squad : Abhijit (Goal Keeper), Deepak, Hasan , Bello, Dhanachandra, Souvik(U-23), Tapan, Lal Kamal, Vineeth , Rafique/Erick, Ranti.

I-League Round-15: Rangdajied UFC to face Mumbai FC at home

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RUFC PRESS RELEASE : Though little late, Rangdajied United FC seems to have set the ball rolling and they are in no mood to let it loose once again. High on confidence like never before, the Shillong side will look to cause more upset when they host Mumbai FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

With two victories in three matches coming their way and having scored as many as ten goals in the last six matches, Rangdajied have improved leaps and bounds. The recent success can be definitely attributed to the newly industed players like Gouramangi Singh, Subrata Paul, Tomba Singh and others but what had stayed the key for Rangdajied, right from the very beginning, is their undying fighting spirit.

The two goals scored in the last minute of the extra time against Pune FC is a testament to the above statement.However, with Mumbai FC, the match will be a different ball game all together. The Mumbai side are also one of the few sides in the league, whose recent performances have grabbed eyeballs. They have been unbeaten in their last four games, pocketing as many as 8 points.

And the fact that Khalid Jamil side have registered their two recent wins against big boys, East Bengal and Pune FC, testify the strength in their squad. Adding to it, they have held Mohun Bagan 1-1 just before travelling to Shillong. But what will play in the mind of both the teams is their 1-1 draw in the first leg they had played in Pune. Manandeep got the lead for the Shillong side just to be cancelled out by Ashutosh to split the points.

Now that the leg is back in Shillong, Rangdajied will not like to settle for anything lesser than 3 points. Coach Santosh Kashyap exuded confidence in the pre-match press conference, saying that they will go for the win, but gave a due respect to the opponents. "The team is in good shape and all the foreigners are fit and the best part, they are raring to go. But Mumbai FC is also a good team and they are in good form. So it will be a tough match again, but I am confident. Mumbai FC meanwhile have Anwar Ali suffering from hamstring injury.

Like in the previous match, the former ONGC coach is once again facing the problem of plenty. All the players are available for selection but the main question was if David Ngaihte would be starting against Mumbai FC. Santosh replied, "Honestly, I haven't take the call yet. Munmun is also playing well and I will have to sit down and talk with my staffs to figure out the 18 member squad and then the first XI. The match is set for a 5:00 PM kick-off, tickets for which are available across the city and in the stadium counters.