Bangalore : Debutantes Bengaluru Football Club can script history on Monday and clinch the I-League title if they get it past Dempo SC at Margao in their penultimate fixture of the season. Ashley Westwood’s side are currently on 41 points with two games left, and mathematically, three more points will hand them the coveted Trophy.
The Bangalore outfit will be on 44 points if they beat Dempo and that will make it impossible for either Salgaocar — second with 38 points with a game in hand — or East Bengal — third with 37 points with two games in hand — to upset their applecart.
East Bengal were very much in the title hunt but a loss against Churchill Brothers have dented their chances of pocketing the trophy, though theoretically they are still in with a chance.But every time they take the field in their remaining two matches, they would have to keep a close eye on Bengaluru FC and pray that they slip.
Salgaocar’s opportunity of clinching the pole position in the I-League had also came to a halt after they failed to get past neighbours Sporting Clube de Goa in the Round 25 encounter on April 15. At the other end of the spectrum, promoted Mohammedan Sporting at the moment stay closest to facing the axe as they languished at the rock-bottom of the table, trailing a point and game to second from bottom Churchill Brothers.
The Durand Cup and IFA Shield winners face an uphill task to stave off relegation as they take on a stubborn Mumbai FC in their last game.Under the hammer are also defending champions Churchill Brothers, United SC and Rangdajied United.
Struggling Churchill need to win when they play United SC at home on April 19 and Salgaocar away on April 28. PTI