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I-League 2017: East Bengal vs Churchill Brothers Preview - The Red and Golds look to continue their relentless march

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East Bengal return home after a win against Shillong Lajong, to take on Churchill Brothers at the Barasat Stadium on March 7, 2017. The two teams share a similar fate as they are coming on the back of creditable wins. While East Bengal continued their stay at the top courtesy a 2-1 victory over Shillong Lajong, Churchill Brothers managed to down the Red and Golds' bitter rivals, Mohun Bagan in an ill tempered encounter in Goa where the lights went off for an extended duration by the same scoreline. Ancelotti sympathises with Wenger Trevor Morgan couldn't be happier as his new recruit Chris Payne scored both goals in their win over Lajong. Payne will look to start alongside Robin Singh who has also been among goals off late. The return of Willis Plaza from injury would be another bonus for the Englishman who is without playmaker Wedson Anselme. Plaza would most likely start from the bench if required. Elsewhere in defense, Gurwinder Singh might be nursing an injury and Anwar Ali is likely to replace him alongside the dependable Ivan Bukenya who was one of the scorers when East Bengal got the better of Churchill away from home. Avinash Ruidas might be preferred in place of Nikhil Poojary while Md. Rafique might continue in the No. 10 role. Churchill though will be hungry for revenge against the side that defeated them at home and after the scalp of Mohun Bagan, they will be high on confidence as well. Zidane at ease over BBC questions The pace and dynamism of Brandon Fernandes and Chesterpoul Lyngdoh will be something that the East Bengal fullbacks will have to contend with, after Mohun Bagan had to pay the price. Ansumana Kromah and Anthony Wolfe who have been in fine form will look to pick up from where they left off. The battle of wits between familiar foes Trevor Morgan and Derrick Pereira will also add another subtext to an already exciting fixture.

Kickoff is at 16:35 IST.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS:

TEAM NEWS:

EAST BENGAL FC

Injured: Wedson Anselme

Suspended: None

Doubtful: Gurwinder Singh

Key Player: Ivan Bukenya

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CHURCHILL BROTHERS

Injured: Fulganco Cardozo

Suspended: None

Doubtful: None

Key Player: Anthony Wolfe

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