ISL Preview: Northeast United vs Bengaluru

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Asamoah Gyan of Northeast United FC and Raphael Augusto of Bengaluru FC in action during match 2 of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between the Bengaluru FC and North East United FC held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, India on the 21st October 2019. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / SPORTZPICS for ISL

NorthEast United FC will take on Bengaluru FC on Indian Super League (ISL) season 7 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday.

There aren’t many things to separate NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC at this stage of the Indian Super League season. Both sides started strong, maintaining their place in the top four before a bad run of results saw them slide down the table.

The Highlanders find themselves a point adrift of sixth-placed Bengaluru who have accumulated 12 points. Both teams have conceded more goals than they have scored and while Bengaluru has lost four games on the trot, NEUFC is winless in six while suffering three losses.

BFC interim coach Naushad Moosa, who took over from predecessor Carles Cuadrat before the game against SC East Bengal, couldn’t help the side arrest their slump, suffering a 0-1 defeat. But one positive from the game for Moosa was getting his idea across to his players.

“I have been watching NorthEast, they are not a bad team. They are a team that fights back. We cannot be relaxed,” said Moosa. “Our players are aware of their roles and how important this match is going to be for us to understand where we stand in the league. We have 10 games in hand, and maybe for a good start (for the rest of the tournament), let’s try to win the game against NorthEast.”

Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC have squared off eight times in the ISL, with the Bangalore outfit dominating the battle with five wins. NorthEast United has only managed to beat The Blues once, while the other three fixtures ended in a draw.