New Delhi, Nov 16: As the I-League progresses in Round 5, the early stages are already showcasing emerging patterns and standout performances. A handful of teams have quickly distinguished themselves, setting the bar high and meeting expectations after four exciting rounds of matches.
Meanwhile, other squads are still trying to settle down and are in the process of finding their right lineup and strategy. Individual players, too, have stepped into the spotlight with notable contributions, adding to the anticipation for Round 5, which promises more thrilling matches.
At the forefront are table-toppers Gokulam Kerala FC with 10 points from four matches. Despite a third-place finish last season, the two-time I-League champions have hit the ground running this year. They began the league with a draw but rapidly gained momentum, easily beating teams like NEROCA FC, Rajasthan FC, and TRAU FC. They will now aim to extend this winning streak in their upcoming away game against Shillong Lajong FC on Sunday, November 19.
Shillong Lajong, in contrast, are eyeing their first victory of the season. After drawing their first three matches, a triumph over the league leaders could significantly boost their morale and send a strong statement. The absence of Gokulam’s first-choice goalkeeper, Devansh Dabas, also presents a potential opportunity for Shillong Lajong to capitalize on.
It’s not only Gokulam Kerala who have made a strong comeback this season. Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting, who finished eighth last season, have also been making waves with their impressive performances. They have emerged as strong contenders for the title, amassing 10 points from four matches. This impressive tally includes victories over TRAU, Aizawl FC, and Delhi FC, along with a draw against Shillong Lajong.