Lying in the bottom half of the table, both teams would aim to push out of the drop zone and make it into the top half.
The first club from the national capital to play in the I-League, Sudeva Delhi FC have opted for an all-Indian squad in their first season.
The 11 participating teams will be required to enter a bio-secure bubble 14 days prior to their first match according to the schedule, which will be announced shortly.
The bids have been invited from non-Hero I-League cities and includes names of several cities like New Delhi, Ranchi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, amongst others, according to an AIFF media release.
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Kashmir jumped to third on the table with 15 points and have now thrown their hat into the title race, while Gokulam drop to fifth place.
The capacity-building workshop is being organised by FIFA Forward which has previously assisted the AIFF with competitions such as the Hero Indian Women's League
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The case is presently being handled by AIFF Integrity officer who is doing a thorough investigation into the matter and necessary action will be taken as per the regulations," the AIFF said in a statement.
A brilliant header by Deory to poke a long free-kick taken by Lajong skipper Lalmuanpuia Deory into the goal breached the Gokulam defence.
The I-League currently allows teams to register and play a maximum of four foreigners, one of whom must be from an Asian country, in keeping with the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) continental competition rules.
Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, decided to opt out of the IMG-Reliance-run ISL as the Big Two were against giving franchisee fees among other things.
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The winner of the I-league will still participate in the AFC Champions League qualifiers. The two leagues — the I-League and ISL — will run concurrently this season.
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Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were not included in the ISL which named Bengaluru and Jamshedpur as two new franchisees for the upcoming season.
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