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Federation Cup - Mohun Bagan vs. DSK Shivajians Preview - Mariners' warship looks to cannon Reds' jetty as cup defense begins logo 08-05-2017

Pages of books need to turned and new chapters - penned. This will be the mantra swaddling the Mohun Bagan and DSK Shivajians ranks as the two teams buckle up for a show down in Cuttack, Orissa, as they seek to get their Federation Cup campaigns under-way.

The Mariners are the defending champions of the trophy, one of the oldest in the Indian calendar currently, and there is no other way Sanjoy Sen can rally his desalinate his troops, fresh off a bitter end to a thrilling end to the I-League campaign, than show them the glory that awaits them with another cup triumph.

The Kolkata-based team will be without shot-stopper Debjit Majumder after his acrimonious red card on the final day of the season against Chennai City FC will see him suspended for the tie. Shibinraj Kunniyil is expected to deputize in his absence.

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The Kolkata-based club's coach was pragmatic in playing a majorly reserves side against Maziya Sports and Recreation (S &RC) in the Asian Confederation's (AFC) Cup tie a week ago, but will now hope his side are fit and firing. The Maroon and Greens currently ahve 14 titles to their name, the most in the cup's history.

DSK Shivajians will look to summon some semblance of form having won just two fo their last 10 fixtures in the league. They blew a three goal cushion in their last match against Minerva Punjab in Pune, but that was with many elements of a reserve side playing at the Shree Chhatrapati Balewadi Sports complex, to eventually tie out the game 4-4.

Dave Rogers will be pleased of his side's attacking prowess, though the Bengali team present an entirely different proposition to the last placed Ranjit Bajaj owned team. History also is on the verge of being chartered for the Maharashtra-based team, who will partake in their first ever Federation Cup campaign, haiving failed to qualify so last season.

The Reds will be buoyed by the return of the reinstated Subrata Pal, who had his ban successfully repealed after initially failing a drugs test. Coach Rogers' men also consider the Kolkata-based club a significant anathema, having never beaten them in four meetings - losing two and drawing two.

Can the Mariners set sail with winds in their sails or can the Marathas punture their nemesis' sterns even further? Kick off is at 7 PM IST.

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