Archrivals Dhaka Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited will take on each other in the first Dhaka derby this season in the third round of the Bangladesh Premier Football League 2016-17 season at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday at 7:15pm.
Bangla TV will telecast the match live.
Considering the quality and strength of the squad, five-time professional champion Abahani might appear favourite but it was only in their last match against Farashganj Sporting Club that they conceded their first league defeat after a 23-match unbeaten run.
Abahani defeated their archrival twice in the league last season before going on to win the league without losing a single match.
They also won this season’s Federation Cup while Mohammedan, like every tournament last season, crashed out in the quarter-finals.
The two sides faced each other 19 times in 10 years of professional league history with Abahani winning seven times and Mohammedan winning four.
Eight encounters ended in a draw.
Mohammedan’s struggle continued in the league as well as they suffered two defeats against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited and Chittagong Abahani Limited in their first two matches while Mohammedan won their first game against Saif Sporting Club but suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of Farashganj.