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I-League 2017 - Aizawl, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in the great title run-in

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The horizon that seemed aeons away in January 2017 is now within eyesight and fast approaching. The twilight of the 2017 I-League season is upon us. The dense smog around the future of the I-League title is now clearing and there remain three contenders ready for a battle royale as the sun sets on India's premier domestic league.

In this title run-in, perhaps the last of its kind in the I-League era, Goal lists the matches Aizawl FC, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are to play and the maximum points they can pick up if they are to become the conquerors of the Indian football landscape.

AIZAWL FC

It's been an I-League campaign filled with minutiae of surprises. The standout story so far has been the rise and rise of Mizoram's lone I-League representatives, Aizawl. The Reds will be breaking boundaries and ceilings if they were to capture their first ever top-flight title, three weeks from this weekend.

Now, with just three games remaining they face a tricky trip to the Kanteerva stadium, Bengaluru, to face the eponymously named champions - a side who they will be deposing from the throne were a successful campaign resulted in a crowning end.

Maximum points available: 12

Points attainable: 8

Opponents: Bengaluru(A), Churchill Brothers (A), Mohun Bagan (H), Shillong Lajong (A)

Results against them in reverse fixtures:

Note: Khalid Jamil has led his team on a journey many scarcely believed will be achievable. He, however, will need to quell any excitement of title talk within his team's ranks and instil a sense of optimistic belief. Of the three teams in the title race, Aizawl FC have arguably the toughest run-in. They need to remain unbeaten in the next four games and hope for at least two wins. But even that may not be enough.

MOHUN BAGAN

The Mariners have smelt blood around the road to the title and will have prepped themselves for a final assault. After humiliating the defending champions in Kolkata last weekend, Sanjoy Sen will be keen to add another I-League trophy into the cabinet.

Injuries plague Bagan ahead of derby

Maximum points available: 15

Points attainable: 10

Opponents: East Bengal (H), Shillong Lajong (A), Minerva Punjab (A), Aizawl FC (A), Chennai City (H)

Results against them in reverse fixtures:

There remains the small matter of the I-League's famed Kolkata derby against The Red and Golds that Bagan have to negotiate. Also, they have a game against Aizawl coming up but the Maroon and Green Brigade have a game in hand over their fellow rivals. If they were to win the game at the cost of The Reds from Mizoram, then the I-League's silverware could be set for Kolkata.

The team from the Bengal capital have form on their side, recapturing their goal-scoring guile with six hitting the back of the net in their last two games.

EAST BENGAL

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The Red and Golds looked to be cruising towards the I-League title at one point but back-to-back losses before the recent international break saw them surrender their advantage back to Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan who have a game in hand to boot. East Bengal's chances of landing their first-ever I-League title might not be in their hands, unless their rivals slip up.

Maximum points available: 12

Points attainable: 9

Next three opponents: Mohun Bagan (A), DSK Shivajians (H), Minerva Punjab (H), Mumbai FC (A)

Results against them in reverse fixtures:

Morgan: Players do not have enough pride

While East Bengal have a tough derby coming straight up, they have three relatively easy outings to end the league and with Aizawl and Mohun Bagan facing each other later. That might give hope to Trevor Morgan and co, but they need to make their games against smaller teams count. Most importantly, they cannot commit the follies they made against the likes of Churchill Brothers and Chennai City FC recently.

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