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I-League: Real Kashmir FC face former champions Aizawl at home

SRINAGAR

Buoyed by their maiden victory at home in their previous match, I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC would look to build a winning momentum when they take on former champions Aizawl FC here on Wednesday.

Both sides would go into the game after wins in their previous encounters, setting the stage for an absorbing clash at the TRC Turf ground.

Real Kashmir are currently placed seventh on the points table with seven points from five games while the Mizoram side are languishing at the ninth position with five points from six.

However, Aizawl notched up their first win of this season in their last game against East Bengal in an impressive display and will also look to keep the momentum going.

For the home side, Wednesday’s match will be their fifth on the trot at home. They have won one (2-0 against Indian Arrows in their previous match), lost two and drawn one. They would be looking to notch up a win to jump to the top half of the table.

Real Kashmir have proved that they can be dangerous on their day and Scottish coach David Robertson has also shown a welcome penchant for brave experimentation, playing central defenders as strikers in the previous game against the Indian Arrows.

But, it remains to be seen if he is willing to take such chances against a more experienced Aizawl.

“Aizawl would be playing with confidence because they defeated East Bengal in their last match which is not an easy task. Aizawl is a very technical team, they play quick football and they have some fantastic strikers. However, it is really difficult to break our defence,” Robertson said at the pre-match press conference.

Aizawl’s head coach Gift Raikhan, on the other hand, may be narrowing in on a settled line-up now and his two front men Leonce Dodoz and Mapuia are now looking dangerous and both should start at the TRC on Wednesday afternoon.

“Tomorrow’s match is going to be very exciting. We will be playing with a positive mind set and carry on the winning spirit. We will carry on with the momentum that we picked up against East Bengal,” said Raikhan.

Alluding to the cold conditions in Srinagar, Raikhan said, “It doesn’t make any difference where we are playing because Aizawl’s altitude is also very high.

(PTI)

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