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Jamshedpur FC eye win to keep top-two hopes alive in Reliance Foundation Development League

Goa/Jamshedpur, May 6: In their bid to push for the second spot, Jamshedpur FC will have to treat the sixth-round fixture as do-or-die one, when it takes on Bengaluru FC in the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) here on Saturday.

FC Goa queered the pitch for Kerala Blasters FC the other day with a come-from-behind win over them, thus opening the doors for atleast four teams to harbour hopes of a second-place finish with two rounds remaining.

The top two teams will participate in the Next Gen Cup to be hosted in the United Kingdom for the first time later this year.

Hyderabad, Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC), Jamshedpur and Goa are all on seven points and need to win their remaining two games to secure the coveted top-two spot. A draw or defeat for any of the four teams will mean they are out of contention. Chennaiyin and Mumbai City FC are out of the race.

In the first kickoff at the Nagoa Ground on Saturday, Jamshedpur will have to right the wrongs from their last two matches against a Bengaluru side who have not put a foot wrong so far. Already assured of a place in the top-two and a ticket to the Next Gen Cup, the Blues have been perfect in their five matches and it will take some doing for other teams to knock them off their perch. 

Jamshedpur lost their last two games, losing out on the early momentum and coach Indranil Chakraborty will know it is now or never for his charges. The Red Miners are in fifth position in the eight-team table.

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