Date: 23 February, 2021
Time: 07:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Fatorda Stadium, Goa
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ISL Matchday 19 will see East Bengal come up against NorthEast United at Fatorda Stadium. While the Highlanders will come on the back of draw and hope of making it to the top-3, things will be different for the Red and Gold brigade. Fowler’s men will enter the contest on back of a derby loss, and will be playing just for the fans as their playoff hopes have long vanished.
NorthEast United sit at 5th in the points tally, and a win or draw will take them above Hyderabad FC to 4th spot. On the other hand, a win for East Bengal will see them get all points from a game for only the fourth-time this season. So, it will be interesting to see if the team under Khalid Jamil race ahead and enter the playoffs, or will East Bengal bounce back with a win after derby loss.
Fowler will have everyone available at his disposal for the game against NorthEast United. While the team have come a long way compared to how they started, they are yet to show consistency in attacking and defending. We can hope for side to show some attacking glare, but defending still remains an issue. One can keep an eye on Matti Steinmann from this team.
The Highlanders will have everyone at their disposal for this crucial clash. Also, the team has performed excellently since overtaken by Khalid Jamil, and the same will be expected in the game to come. NorthEast is good at attacking as well as defending and believes in taking lead through counter attack, making it difficult to break them. Federico Gallego is one to watch from this side.
Two opposite philosophies will lock horns as East Bengal like playing high-press football while NorthEast break on counter-attacks. With a polished defence and a good edge to their attacking game, one can expect the Highlanders to have an upper hand in the contest. So, the determination to get 3 points for qualifying for semi-final makes the contest even more intriguing, and one can hope them to go full-throttle in this contest.
For Fantasy team, it is recommended to have more players from NorthEast United with some selective players from East Bengal.
Probable Playing XI
Subrata Paul (GK), Daniel Fox (C), Narayan Das, Raju Gaikwad, Scott Neville, Sarthak Golui, Sourav Das, Anthony Pilkington, Jacques Maghoma, Matti Steinmann, Bright Enobakhare.
Subhasish Roy (GK) (C), Gurjinder Kumar, Ashutosh Mehta, Benjamin Lambot, Mashoor Shereef, Khassa Camara, Federico Gallego, Lalengmawia, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Luis Machado, Deshorn Brown.
Goalkeepers: Paul, Roy
Defenders: Fox, Das, Kumar, Lambot
Midfielders: Pilkngton, Maghoma, Steinmann, Camara, Gallego
Forwards: Enobakhre, Machado, Brown
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