Northeast United who had a fairy-tale run with Khalid Jamil has been sore this season so far. Being the only club to have an Indian coach they have bagged three points only once this season. Meanwhile, SC East Bengal have continued their form from last season. Similar to their opponents even SC East Bengal haven’t climbed to the peak of table and haven’t tasted victory so far this season. It would be a mouth-watering clash between the underdogs who look to get 3 points despite all odds.
Both sides are wounded with injuries. Northeast United will miss the Uruguayan playmaker Federico Gallego for the rest of the season and Deshorn Brown will miss the clash against Northeast United. Meanwhile SC East Bengal will miss their Guardian Arindam Bhattacharya, Winger Jackichand Singh and wing back Ankit Mukherjee.
3 Indian players to look out for
Amarjit Singh Kiyam
The captain of u-17 Indian team which played the FIFA world cup, Amarjit Singh Kiyam is one of the experienced Indian player in the squad of SC East Bengal. His presence would be crucial in stopping the counter-attacks from Northeast United. He will be a player who will bring stability to the game.
VP Suhair is one of the crucial players for Northeast in offensive part of the game. He has been linking up well with his attacking partner Deshorn Brown. He is a team player who tracks back to defend and is really dangerous on counter-attack.
East Bengal has been leaking in defense. They are conceding numerous goals from set-pieces. So the form of Raju Gaikwad becomes crucial to excell well in defense. He is going to be one of the main players in the defense so that East Bengal concede as little as they can.
3 Foreign players to look out for
SC East Bengal’s Croatian Talisman Antonio Perosevic has been already a fan favorite. He has bagged 2 goals and has been an influential playmaker for them. He looks like the best card in the deck for Red and gold brigade. His playmaking and goal-scoring ability will make difference for SC East Bengal as they face Northeast United.
Khassa Camara is probably the best foreign player that Northeast United has. He’s a wall before the defensive wall. He always gives good second balls and initiates quick counterattacks. He also scored a beautiful long-ranger against FC Goa to seal the deal.
SC East Bengal has been clinical in attack, but their defense has been shaky. Manolo Diaz wants his star Croatian defender to step up and build good communication in defense line. So that defense gets better, His experience of playing in Europe will benefit the club.
SC East Bengal
Northeast United and SC East Bengal have faced each other for 2 times, where Northeast United has emerged victorious both times.
Northeast United will look to get maximum points in this fixture, Whereas SC East Bengal would be hungry to taste the victory this season. IFTWC predicts the result in favour of Northeast United with the scoreline of 3-0.