The Red and Gold have won their last four games on the trot…
East Bengal will look to extend their lead At the top of the table against Mumbai FC on Wednesday. The Kolkata-based club had a lackluster beginning to the current I-League season with a draw but have won the following four matches on the trot.
Mumbai FC, on the other hand started their I-League season brilliantly under new head coach Santosh Kashyap. However, their winning streak came to an end against reigning champions Bengaluru FC, as they lost the match 3-0. The Yellow Submarine currently sit in the sixth position on the points table and will hope to return to winning ways against East Bengal.
East Bengal’s long time absentee and key defender Arnab Mondal is back from his injury and practiced earlier today. However, veterans Bikash Jairu and Cavin Lobo are still doubtful to make the cut against Mumbai FC. The other players are fit and practiced earlier in the morning.
Mumbai FC on the other hand, have no injury concerns currently. Comimng into the match on the back of three consecutive defeats as manager Santosh Kashyap tries to re-discover the winning formula.
East Bengal FC and Mumbai FC have met 17 times in all competitions till now. Out of these 17 matches played, Mumbai FC edges out East Bengal with six wins compared to East Bengal’s four wins. Seven of these matches were drawn. The last time these two teams met was on 5th April 2016 and the match ended 2-2.
Man to Watch
Wedson Anselme-East Bengal: The Haitian scored a hat-trick against I-League newcomers Minerva Punjab in the last game. A versatile player, Wedson has been deployed on the right wing, in the No.10 role and in the striker’s role previously and has played up to the mark in all positions. Wedson is well-known for his pace, as well as his vision, passing and finishing abilities.
Thoi Singh-Mumbai FC: The young midfielder has been the only jewel in Santosh Kashyap’s ranks this season. Singh, who plays as a box to box attacking midfielder, has shown glimpses of his true potential in the previous matches. His vision, passing ability and positional sense might come in handy for the Mumbai-based club against East Bengal.
East Bengal (4-4-2): Rehenesh (GK), Bheke, Mondal, Bukenya, Das, Mehtab, Wedson, Ralte, Poojary, Robin, Plaza.
Mumbai FC (4-1-4-1): Sawant (GK), Fernandes, Akhtar, Hanghal, R.Singh, Rao, Nikhil Kadam, Sharma, Theobald, Singh, Chowdhary.
Catch the game Live at Ten 2 from 7:30 pm on Tuesday, 1st February. You can also follow the live commentary at www.khelnow.com
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