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Hero I-league Matchday Fixtures – 18 Feb

Real Kashmir FC Vs Mohammedan SC

 When Mohammedan Sporting and Real Kashmir met earlier this season in the Hero I-League, the former had grabbed full points, courtesy a second-half strike by Marcus Joseph. But the snow leopards are different beasts when they play in their own backyard – TRC Stadium. Besides, Mehrajuddin Wadoo is not in the coach’s corner anymore. His replacement Noel-Gifton Williams prefers a more attacking brand of football, which has earned them four points in the last two matches. The Kolkata side, therefore, will have their task cut out when these two teams meet again here on Saturday.

Mohammedan Sporting coach Kibu Vicuna said on Friday that no matter what the situation, playing at this venue is always tough. “We know that whenever you come to Srinagar, things are going to be tough because of the quality Real Kashmir have. The unusual weather and pitch obviously make it doubly difficult.”

Mumbai Kenkre FC Vs Rajasthan United FC

 In a crucial relegation battle in the Hero I-League, 11th-place Mumbai Kenkre FC will host 10th-place Rajasthan United FC at the Cooperage Stadium on Saturday, February 18, 2023, with the kick-off slated for 4:30 pm IST.

Mumbai Kenkre had a pretty disappointing outing in their previous game against bottom-side Sudeva Delhi, losing 1-3 on home soil. The Mumbaikars missed the chance to go within touching distance of their next opponents Rajasthan United, and are now four points below safety. However, Kenkre will get a big boost in their survival battle provided they beat the Desert Warriors on Saturday and cut the gap to a solitary point with just four more games to play after that.

Both Kenkre and Rajasthan are currently on a long winless streak, which could make for a feisty and desperate battle. While the hosts have failed to win any of their last four games, the streak stretches to six for the visitors.

Rather interestingly, the last win for both teams came against league leaders Sreenidi Deccan in January. While Mumbai Kenkre triumphed 2-1 at the Cooperage, Rajasthan United edged Sreenidi 1-0 in Delhi.