Match 52 of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season sees Bengaluru FC take on SC East Bengal at the Fatorda Stadium in Margoa, Goa, on Saturday evening.
Bengaluru begin with life after Carles Cuadrat as they take on a rejuvenated East Bengal who will be without coach Robbie Fowler and defender Dylan Fox while the Blues will miss Harmanjot Khabra owing to suspensions.
Bengaluru will be hoping to start anew under interim coach Naushad Moosa, while East Bengal will be looking to extend their four-match unbeaten run. The Blues head into the clash on the back of three successive defeats and need to start picking up some wins quickly if they want to qualify for the semi-finals.
Venue and Telecast details:
Venue: Fatorda Stadium, Margoa, Goa
Time: 7:30pm IST
English Telecast: Star Sports 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 2 SD & HD
Hindi Telecast: Star Sports Hindi 1 SD & HD, Star Sports 3, Star Gold 2
Live Stream: Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lara Sharma, Sharon
Defenders: Juanan, Rahul Bheke, Francisco Gonzalez, Ajith Kumar, Joe Zoherliana, Biswa Darjee, Namgyal Bhutia, Parag Srivas, Pratik Chaudhari, Wungngayam Muirang
Midfielders: Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Suresh Wangjam, Thoi Singh, Ajay Chhetri, Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha, Amay Morajkar, Harmanjot Khabra, Cleiton Silva
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Kristian Opseth, Ashique Kuruniyan, Deshorn Brown, Udanta Singh, Edmund Lalrindika, Leon Augustin, Semboi Haokip, Naorem Singh
Key Players: Sunil Chhetri and Cleiton Silva
SC East Bengal
Goalkeepers: Debjit Majumder, Sankar Roy, Mirshad Michu, Rafique Ali
Defenders: Samad Mallick, Abhishek Ambekar, Daniel Fox, Scott Neville, Narayan Das, Mohamed Irshad, Gurtej Singh, N Rohen Singh, Lalramchullova, Rana Gharami, Anil Chawan, Raju Gaikwad, Ankit Mukherjee
Midfielders: Sehnaj Singh, Matti Steinmann, Jacques Maghoma, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Wahengbam Luwang, Bikash Jairu, Yumnam Singh, Surchandra Singh, Loken Meitei, Mohammed Rafique, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Anthony Pilkington, Milan Singh, Haobam Singh
Forwards: Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, CK Vineeth, Girik Khosla, Harmanpreet Singh, Bright Enobakhare
Key Players: Bright Enobakhare and Jacques Maghoma
Prediction: East Bengal have been on the rise after registering their first win against Odisha FC. Meanwhile, Bengaluru FC has struggling to win a game, but will hope a new boss can bring them some good luck. In a bid to stop their run of defeats, the Blues would likely be happy with a point as would East Bengal.
We predict a 0-0 draw.