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Second Division I-League 2018: Which teams can qualify for the final round and how

SENIOR ANALYST
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951   //    10 May 2018, 16:49 IST

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NEROCA FC were the champions in the previous edition of the 2nd division I-League

As we reach the final day of the Second Division I-League, three spots are yet to be decided for the final round of the competition. In a total of 3 groups, the top placed teams in each will get a direct qualification, while the best second-placed team from the three groups will earn the 4th spot. Tiddim Road United Athletic Club (TRAU FC) has already qualified from ‘C’ while intense competition still prevails in Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’.

Let us have a look at the team’s which have the chance to qualify:

GROUP - A

In Group ‘A’, Real Kashmir and Hindustan FC are tied at 19 points each, not only that they also share the spoils in the goal difference category which makes the final rounds even more interesting.

The head-to-head count is one a piece, which means that goals scored amongst the two teams will decide the fate of the pole position. If points are tied at the end of the final day, the team scoring more goals in the entire tournament will go through to the final round.

Delhi United will host Hindustan FC in the final day fixture at the Sharda Football Ground in a 4 p.m kick-off. A win will enhance their chances, but they could still become the second best. Their main target will be to win by a big margin!

Real Kashmir Football Club will have their work during their final day match against Pune City Reserves at the Pirangute Football Stadium on Sunday afternoon which will kick off half an hour after Hindustan FC’s match gets underway. 

GROUP - B

Group ‘B’ also has its share of calculations queued up for the final match day of the preliminary round. In this case, also, both Ozone FC Bengaluru and FC Kerala are tied on 19 points each. But the Bengaluru outfits have a superior goal difference to their credit.

Ozone FC Bengaluru is scheduled to play against Kerala Blasters FC reserves at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Sunday afternoon. A win will see them through to the final rounds of the League. But a draw could well keep them in danger if FC Kerala wins in the other fixture!

FC Kerala’s first priority will be to grab full points from their tie against Fateh Hyderabad which will kick at 4.15 pm at the Anantapur RDT Stadium on Sunday afternoon. A win will take them to 22 points, and of Ozone FC falters in their game, FC Kerala might sneak through. Even if they don’t qualify, a win will enhance their chances of qualifying as the second best-placed team.

GROUP - C

Tiddim Road Athletic United Football Club (TRAU FC) with an accumulation of 20 points from 9 matches has already qualified for the final round. Second-placed Bengaluru FC reserves have collected a total of 17 points and are unlikely to qualify.

TRAU FC will play against Langsning FC on Sunday afternoon which will not change the positioning of the group much. Mohammedan will play host to Bengaluru FC reserves at the Barasat Stadium in a 3.15 pm kick-off. The Bengaluru boys will aim for a win to stay in contention for a second best-placed team to qualify for the final rounds.

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SENIOR ANALYST
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