Indian Super League: Gameweek 2
Stadium: Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan
27th September 2023
Mohun Bagan Super Giant will welcome Bengaluru FC in Gameweek 2 of the Indian Super League at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. Mohun Bagan is in red-hot form while Bengaluru lost their first game of the season. Who will win?Get Your Welcome Bonus!
Mohun Bagan Super Giant Form
The reigning champions have maintained their scorching form since clinching the league title last season. They aim to carry this momentum into a challenging fixture against the 2018-19 champions. The Mariners secured the second spot in their Durand Cup group, earning a place as one of the second-best-placed teams, with East Bengal leading the way. They faced a formidable challenge against Mumbai City in the quarter-finals. However, under Ferrando's guidance, they orchestrated a remarkable 3-1 victory, eliminating the ISL shield holders and initiating their journey through the knockout rounds.
In the semi-final, the oldest club in Indian football ousted Goa with a 2-1 triumph. In the final, they squared off against their arch-rivals, East Bengal, ultimately lifting their 17th Durand Cup title in the club's illustrious history, with Petratos' goal playing a pivotal role.
Following a convincing 3-1 victory over Machhindra in the AFC Cup second preliminary round and another 3-1 win against Abahani Dhaka, Ferrando's squad commenced their AFC Cup group stage campaign with a resounding four-goal performance against Odisha, setting a high standard.
Mohun Bagan Super Giant Predicted lineup
Vishal Kaith; Anwar Ali, Hector Yuste, Brendan Hamill, Manvir Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Anirudh Thapa, Subashish Bose, Dimitri Petratos, Liston Colaco, Jason Cummings
Bengaluru FC Form
Bengaluru FC has encountered Mohun Bagan Super Giant in seven ISL matches, securing victory on only one occasion. Furthermore, they are presently engaged in their second consecutive away fixture. Their defeat against the Blasters in the season opener marked the conclusion of their eight-game winning streak. The last instance of Bengaluru FC enduring consecutive away losses transpired in December 2022, right before their impressive streak commenced, ultimately leading them to the championship match. Commencing with the upcoming match, Grayson aims to establish some early momentum this season.
Bengaluru FC's possible lineup
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Namgyal Bhutia, Slavko Damjanovic, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Jessel Carneiro, Suresh Singh, Rohit Kumar, Naorem Roshan Singh, Javi Hernandez, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Curtis Main
Mohun Bagan Super Giant vs Bengaluru FC expert tips
Considered one of the more contemporary rivalries, especially given Bengaluru's relatively recent emergence compared to the storied history of the Mariners, the Kolkata-based club holds the advantage in their past encounters. Ferrando's squad has emerged victorious in five out of eight meetings, whereas the Blues have only managed to defeat MBSG once, and that was back in February of this year.
Their most recent clash occurred in March during last season's final, which concluded in a 2-2 draw as Petratos netted a brace to cancel out goals from Chhetri and Roy Krishna. The Mariners eventually triumphed 4-3 in the penalty shootout, securing their fourth ISL title. Since that final last year, the Mariners have experienced an upward trajectory, while the Blues have encountered some challenges. Based on their recent performances and the respective work done in the transfer window by both teams, it appears that Ferrando's side will have the upper hand in this upcoming encounter. Expect over 2.5 goals in this game.