ISL 2023-24: East Bengal vs Punjab FC | Highlights, Report & Player Ratings
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ISL 2023-24: East Bengal vs Punjab FC – Build-up
East Bengal will look to maintain their momentum from the brilliant win over NorthEast United when they host Punjab FC in their next Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Saturday (9 December).
The Red & Gold Brigade are now eyeing a place in the ISL playoffs spot, but need to string together a few wins to get closer to their objective and improve the confidence levels in the squad.
East Bengal are flying high after their 5-0 thrashing of NorthEast United, as they finally seem to be flying under Carles Cuadrat. However, consistency is key if the Red & Gold Brigade aim to move up the table. They have to use that momentum to produce an electric performance against Punjab and also be at their clinical best in the final third.
A win is necessary for East Bengal to build on a winning run during this December period. A draw could be a disappointing drawback that holds them back from seriously getting into the playoffs spot, while a loss undoes all the good work they did in the NorthEast United win.
Punjab FC are still searching for their first-ever win in the ISL since getting promoted to the competition earlier this season. They have produced some admirable performances against the big guns, but failed to get themselves over the line in actually winning a game.
They’ll be gunning to ruin East Bengal’s party and try to expose their vulnerabilities to finally get a win. A victory in this game can properly help kickstart the Warriors’ campaign and move themselves closer to the playoff spot. Another loss could end their playoff dream once and for all and leave them wrangling to the bottom half of the table.
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