Defending champions Abahani will have the chance to extend their lead in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League by another week as they take on minnows Arambagh KS in one of three matches today. Abahani, top of the table with 20 points from nine matches, defeated Arambagh 2-1 in the first leg and will hope for nothing less than a win tonight under the floodlights at the Bangabandhu National Stadium to hold on to the lead. Both teams come into this match on the back of a win, but on paper the Sky Blues will be expected to rule the roost.
However, Abahani might be dispossessed earlier by Sheikh Russel when the early pace-setters take on an ever-improving Team BJMC. Sheikh Russel are just a point behind Abahani and have played a match less, and a win against Team BJMC would put them on top with 22 points before the Abahani match begins.
The action for the day, though, kicks off at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj, where fourth-placed Muktioddha Sangsad host an ever-improving Brothers Union. Muktijoddha have been unbeaten at their home venue so far, but a loss in their last match, away at Arambagh, set them off the pace from the title-race. Brothers Union, on the other hand, are looking more assured of saving relegation as they have notched seven points from their last three matches after losing the first six. A point earned will do the Gopibagh outfit a world of good, while Muktijoddha will fall further back in their pursuit of an elusive professional league title.