Margao: Having climbed to third place after beating Churchill Brothers, Mohun Bagan will look to keep the winning momentum going when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa on Thursday in the 15th round of the I-League at the Nehru Stadium.

Mohan Bagan courtesy to their win against Churchill Brothers have climbed to third position with 27 points from the 14 matches played so far.

The Goan side meanwhile has slipped to fourth place with 24 points.

East Bengal, who have played one match more, are placed at second spot with 30 points while Dempo with same number of points remain on the top, on basis of their victory against the Kolkata giants in the first leg.

"The win against Churchill Brothers is important to us as we climbed to third place and also disposed Churchill Brothers to fourth place, who are contenders for the title race. The boys are playing well and now need to maintain the consistency, which is very important as we have 12 more matches to play," Bagan technical director Subrata Bhattacharya said.

Sporting are a good side who have drawn with us at home and we need to be watchful and play to our potential and collect full points, summed up Bhattacharya.

Sporting Clube were off to a good start remaining unbeaten in the first six rounds, but then lost their way.

The club lost last seven matches of the first leg to be placed at ninth place with 17 points from 14 matches.

The club is likely to field newly signed Korean striker Park Jae-Hyun alongside James Morgan for Thursday's game.

The first round match between the two in Kolkata had ended in a draw and Sporting Clube de Goa is hoping to rise up to the challenge to keep themselves above the relegation zone.

Sporting's coach Ekendra Singh knows that Thursday's match is going to be a tough outing for the team, especially after Mohan Bagan got the much needed boost from their victory against Churchill Brothers.

"We come here with a win against Pailan Arrows and it will help our boys to remain more positive. We have no injury worries and all players are raring to go and hopefully we will put it across our rivals and win tomorrow," said Sporting's manager Angelo Albuquerque.

(Agencies)