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Bagan face EB in prestige clash

Beleaguered Mohun Bagan would look to exorcise the ghosts of December 9 as they take on East Bengal in the return-leg I-League derby on Saturday.

The two teams will renew their rivalry two months after Yuba Bharati Krirangan witnessed ugly scenes during the ill-fated first-leg fixture with Mohun Bagan staging a walkout leading to a three-year ban that was later overturned by the AIFF. In the context of I-League, Mohun Bagan cannot match East Bengal who are vying for the title, perched at the pole position. Rather, they are striving to avoid relegation after the AIFF had docked their points in first 10 rounds. A win against their arch-rivals after the December 9 fiasco would act as a tonic for Mohun Bagan.

The return of ace striker Odafa Okolie will boost Mohun Bagan. ‘They are our key players and the team strategy will centre around them,’ Karim Bencherifa said.  Eastbengal focus on their run. ‘We have to keep up the momentum and the players know how crucial it is at this stage,’ Trevor Morgan said.
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