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12:00 AM, March 04, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 04, 2020

New charm in Dhaka derby

It is perhaps the first time in the country's professional football league that all the teams have dropped points just after the second round of matches, making the ongoing BPL already very intriguing with five to six teams in the title race. 

And today's early clash between Abahani and Mohammedan is expected to bring extra excitement to the 13-team league as a win for either side will give them an edge in the table.

Abahani are second with seven points followed by Mohammedan, who are third with six points from three matches.

Abahani have turned the Dhaka derby into a one-sided by winning 10 of 23 matches and losing only five to Mohammedan, although the teams won one game each in league meetings last season.

Despite a depleted squad,  the Black and Whites have shown character by winning two of three matches under English coach Sean Lane while Abahani dropped points against Brothers in between two wins.

"I understand that for supporters and players, the history of this game is huge and we want the supporters to be proud of our performance. We are looking forward to winning the match," said Mohammedan coach Lane.

"A derby is always special and the Dhaka derby has so much history that we must take it as more than just three points. I think both teams are in good shape, always extra motivation in both sides to play a derby," said Abahani coach Mario Lemos.

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