Bodoland FC, Indian Army FC, Odisha FC, and Rajasthan United FC are in Group F. The 2023 Durand Cup football competition is slated to take place from August 3 to September 3. There are 24 teams altogether contending for the coveted championship, four more than the previous year.
The Durand Cup is the oldest football competition in India and Asia, having been founded in 1888. The third-oldest in the entire planet, it is also. The competition, which is being played now, is in its 132nd year and is organised by the Indian Armed Forces.
The group stage and the knockout rounds make up the Durand Cup 2023 format. There will be games in Assam and two locations in West Bengal.
The 24 teams have been divided into six groups of four teams each for the group stage.
The local Bodoland Team, which is competing in the event for the first time this year, will compete in Group F in Kokrajhar against Super Cup champions Odisha FC and I-League team Rajasthan United FC. The squad from the Indian Army completes Group F.
Rest of the Fixtures
Indian Army against. Bodoland (17 August)
(August 19) Bodoland vs. Odisha FC
Indian Army vs. Rajasthan United (August 21)
Indian Army: The Indian Army is in control of their own destiny and should be able to qualify with four points from their last two games. A victory in one of the two games would also put them in a good position to go to the quarterfinals, but since the group is so tight, head-to-head record and goal differential might be important factors.
Odisha FC: Their victory against Rajasthan United gave them a chance to go to the quarterfinals, but they need to defeat Bodoland in their final game to have a chance. A loss would certain elimination, while a tie would leave them incredibly open to an early departure.
Rajasthan United: Their path to the quarterfinals has become a little more difficult since their loss to Odisha FC. To qualify, they will need to defeat Indian Army in their last game and pray that Odisha FC loses to Bodoland in their final game. If Odisha FC, Rajasthan United, and Indian Army each win a game, the outcome would depend on the clubs’ respective goal differentials.
Bodoland: To advance to the next round in a group this competitive, Bodoland merely need to win both of their remaining games. Even if Odisha FC defeats the Indian Army, they will still finish in second position if they win their other two games. Any further outcomes would almost certainly not be sufficient for them to advance.
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