ISL PREVIEW: Northeast vs East Bengal

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SC East Bengal are hoping to get their first points and win as they take on NorthEast United FC at Vasco’s Tilak Maidan in the Indian Super League 2020-21.

Robbie Fowler’s East Bengal have endured a difficult start to their season so far, losing both their opening two games. They haven’t yet scored a goal in the ISL and have conceded five.

In their last match, East Bengal were torn apart by a Hugo Boumous masterclass, as Mumbai City FC beat them 3-0.

East Bengal are also linked to foreign players in the market as they have not filled their available quota of seven foreigners. Fowler hopes to make a sensible decision regarding the seventh foreign recruit.

NorthEast United remain unbeaten after three games but Gerard Nus’ side have looked toothless in attack. They have scored just one goal from open play and the rest have come from dead-ball situations.
But the Spaniard feels that it is just a matter of time before they start scoring from open play as they have been focussing on this same in training.

East Bengal have a specialist set-piece coach in Terence McPhillips but Nus isn’t concerned as he is confident that his side will also pose a threat.
“Terence and I have a history with Liverpool. But not at the same time. He was there as a player and I was there as a coach. It is great to have a set-piece coach. It is an important area of the game. But we prepare set-pieces for every game and this will be no different. We will do what we can do best.”

ISL debutants SC East Bengal will have a tough task ahead, aiming for their first points of the season, against NorthEast United.