With both Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan likely to suffer from fixture congestion due to AFC Cup matches, East Bengal will look to mount a serious challenge for the I League title.
Shillong Lajong are a relatively young side, and that was abundantly clear when they came up against the experienced East Bengal, who completely routed them 4-0.
East Bengal striker Ranti Martins is already breaking club records so early on in the season, but the Nigerian has not set himself any big targets to achieve. In stead, his only goal is in the I-League right now.
East Bengal boss Biswajit Bhattacharjee believes that Ranti Martins is one of the best strikers that the I-League has ever had, as the Nigerian has been preforming consistently at a top level in the league.
East Bengal hopped over to the top position in the league with a first half hattrick by Ranti Martins, as Shillong Lajong faded away into a foggy night at the Barasat Stadium, near Kolkata, on Tuesday.
East Bengal FC increased their unbeaten run in the I-League to four games now, after defeating DSK Shivajians FC in a close match at the Barasat Stadium, on Tuesday.
The first Kolkata derby of 2016 ended in a 1-1 draw between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, as the two arch rivals measured each other up in the early stages of the I-League.
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