NRC vs MHB Dream11: Mohun Bagan can extend the lead at the top to six points when they play NEROCA in the I-League at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium. But it will be a tough game for the Kolkata giants as the hosts arrive in this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Real Kashmir. The confidence will be higher within NEROCA camp considering the win was first for the club in five games.
That said, Mohun Bagan are the standard in the league this season. Not only they are leading the table, having accumulated 17 points from 8 games, but they are the best team in the league in every sense. Be it the offence (14 scored) or the best defence (7 conceded), they are simply the best team.
Visitors: Mohun Bagan
Match Venue: Khuman Lampak Main Stadium
Match Timing: Thursday, January 16, @02:00 PM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
NEROCA to win: 4.50 (3/1), Probability to happen: 25.00%
Mohun Bagan to win: 1.70 (07/10), Probability to happen: 58.82%
Draw: 3.50 (5/2), Probability to happen: 28.57%
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NEROCA Team News: Despite struggling form and rooted in the dreaded relegation zone at the start of the year, NEROCA head-coach Gift Raikhan never gave an impression of losing patience with his current squad. always maintaining that the results will improve.
NEROCA have earned five points from the last four games, with three of those points coming in the last game, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Kashmir. That win has lifted the club to 6th on the points table heading into this game, while another win over Bagan will see them breaking into the top three. But coach Raikhan is not getting carried away and knows the size of the task in the next game, “The match will be very difficult for Neroca. They (Mohun Bagan) haven't lost in a while now. They are strong, experience-wise. Their marquee players are very good and their Indian players are very talented.”
Taryk Samson was solid against Kashmir and he has to bring that performance in for this game if Neroca are to get anything out of this match.
But the midfield will decide the end result here as Zodingliana Ralte, Chanso Horam, Siam Hanghal have to be on the top of their game against Bagan's Sheikh Sahil, Joseba Beitia and Fran Gonzales.
NEROCA key players:
Mohun Bagan team news: Bagan dominated the game against East Bengal from the midfield, with Joseba Beitia, Sheikh Sahil and Fran Gonzales pulling the strings. The trio will be starting the game here and will be looking for a repeat against NEROCA.
Nongdamba Naorem has impressed the most on the left and will be a threat all day long. But Bagan's main man is Baba Diawara, whom Bagan head-coach Kibu Vicuna labelled as the very best in the I-League.
“Baba Diawara is a phenomenal striker. In my opinion, he is the best striker in the league. But he just started with us. He needs time to know the players, to know the I-League. He scored a fantastic goal in the Kolkata derby, in a difficult game. He has the best CV in the league. We are very happy with him. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is the team. The most important thing is that the team is scoring.”
Mohun Bagan key players:
NEROCA: Marvin Phillip (GK), Moirangthem Dhananjoy Singh, Taryk Sampson, Chingakham Roshan Singh, Zodingliana Ralte, Siam Hanghal, Imran Khan, Varun Thokchom, Pritam Singh, Sekle Yawo Zico, Boubacar Diarra
Mohun Bagan: Sankar Roy (GK), Ashutosh Mehta, Fran Morante, Daneil Cyrus, Dhanachandra Singh, Sheikh Sahil, Fran González, V.P. Suhair, Joseba Beitia, Baba Diawara, Nongdamba Naorem
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