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ISL 2023-24: NorthEast United FC vs East Bengal FC: Preview, Predicted lineup, injury news, H2H, telecast details

Published at :February 9, 2024 at 8:13 PM
Modified at :February 9, 2024 at 8:13 PM
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Yash Pratap Singh


East Bengal handed NorthEast United a five goal defeat in their last clash.

The Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 action returns to Guwahati after a long break as Juan Pedro Benali’s NorthEast United FC host century old East Bengal. This will be the second game for both sides after the resumption of the league.

The Highlanders will be keen to settle scores for all the humiliation that they have been put through by the Red and Golds over the last last couple of seasons. East Bengal on the other hand will look to capitalize on their great run of form.

The Stakes

NorthEast United FC

The Highlanders have looked a better side both in terms of their style of play and operations off the field. They put up a brilliant show at the Kalinga Super Cup and finished second in their group with two wins in three matches.

They come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Jamshedpur FC where they fought back from behind in the second half. Moreover, they will be eyeing revenge against East Bengal who have put them through very difficult moments.

East Bengal FC

East Bengal FC have become a completely revamped side under Carles Cuadrat. They are playing well, scoring goals and also accumulating points. They ended their trophy drought with the Kalinga Super Cup triumph last month as they got the better of Odisha FC.

They come into this game following a 2-2 draw in a high voltage Kolkata derby last week. It was their first ever point against Mohun Bagan in the ISL. They have an undefeated record in Guwahati and will look to build upon that.

Injury and Team News

NorthEast United are expected to have a fully fit squad available for selection for the game. East Bengal on the other hand will miss the services of Harmanjot Khabra while new signing Victor Vazquez is expected to feature in the squad.

Head-to-head

Total Matches played – 7

NorthEast United FC Wins – 3

East Bengal Wins – 2

Draws – 2

Predicted Line-ups

NorthEast United FC (4-3-3)

Mirshad Michu (GK), Dinesh Singh, Hamza Regragui, Miguel Zobaco, Tondonba Singh, Ali Bemammer, Phalguni Singh, Gani Nigam, Jithin MS, Romain Phillippoteaux (C), Nestor Albiach

East Bengal (4-2-3-1)

Prabhsukhan Gill (GK), Mohammad Rakip, Lalchungnunga, Hijazi Maher, Mandar Rao Dessai, Saul Crespo, Jose Pardo, Nandhakumar Sekar, Naorem Mahesh Singh, PV Vishnu, Cleiton Silva

Players to watch

Mohammed Ali Bemammer (NorthEast United FC)

Mohammed Ali Bemammer is one of the finest players for NorthEast United FC. (Courtesy: ISL media)

Bemammer is undoubtedly one of the most influential players for NorthEast United on the pitch. The team looks completely different with him on the pitch. He attempts long rangers very frequently and also scored a goal in the last game. Ali averages almost t 9 ball recoveries during the game and is heavily involved in making crucial clearances, tackles and blocks.

Ajay Chhetri (East Bengal)

Ajay Chhetri of East Bengal FC scores a goal during the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season, match 73 played between Mohun Bagan Super Giants and East Bengal FC held at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.
Ajay Chhetri scored a goal in the Kolkata Derby. (Courtesy: ISL media)

Ajay has been one of the best performing Indian players for East Bengal. He also found the back of the net in the Kolkata derby after he scored the opening goal in the 3rd minute. Chhetri is a hard working midfielder. He is excellent with his ground and aerial duels as well as his ball distribution.

Did You Know?

  • East Bengal handed NorthEast United a 5-0 defeat in their last match
  • NorthEast United have the most number of draws this season (7) while East Bengal have the second most number of draws (6).
  • East Bengal have won all the games against NorthEast United this season.

Telecast

The NorthEast United FC vs East Bengal game kicks off at 5:00 PM IST, at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati on February 10 ,2024. Live telecast of the fixture will be available on Sports18 Network (Sports18 1/VH1 Channel). Live streaming of the game will be available on the JioCinema app. Viewers from abroad can use OneFootball to stream the game.

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