ISL Preview: Bengaluru vs East Bengal

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With their coach sacked after three successive defeats, former champions Bengaluru FC will look to bounce back under the guidance of interim coach, Naushad Moosa, when they take on a buoyant SC East Bengal.

Bengaluru FC had started off their ISL 2020-21 campaign going six matches unbeaten. After a stable initial run with three wins and three draws, they went off-course with three consecutive losses.

Their attacking department has struggled in the last three ISL clashes, scoring just once. Sunil Chhetri and co will have to step up their act and get back in the groove to continue to challenge for a playoffs spot as the season progresses.

SCEB meanwhile are buoyant after an excellent performance against FC Goa, where they were arguably the better side despite being a man-down. The match continued the narrative of SCEB’s resurgence after looking down and out initially. And the run has been in no small part down to new recruit Bright Enobakhare, who has scored in consecutive games for the Kolkata side.

Jacques Maghoma, Matti Steinmann and Anthony Pilkington are crucial players in the SC East Bengal midfield. The defence will have to pull their socks up when they take on a stacked Bengaluru FC attack.