Match 57 Preview: Jamshedpur FC look to retain top four spot against an injury-hit SC East Bengal

Jamshedpur FC will lock horns with SC East Bengal in matchday 57 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

The Men of Steel had a last-gasp victory against NorthEast United FC in their last game whereas the Red and Gold Brigade played out a goalless draw against Mumbai City FC in their last game.

While the chase for top four continues for Jamshedpur FC,; SC East Bengal are hoping to revive their season under interim coach Renedy Singh.

Form Guide

Jamshedpur FC

The Men of Steel sit fourth in the league standings with 16 points, winning four, drawing four, and losing two games in 10 matches.

SC East Bengal

The Red and Gold Brigade are at the bottom of the table collecting just six points in ten games, ending the first half of fixtures without winning a single game. SC East Bengal have six draws and four losses in ten games.

Head-To-Head

The two sides have faced each other thrice and SC East Bengal are unbeaten against Jamshedpur FC. The fixture earlier in the season ended in a draw, whil SC East Bengal got the better of Jamshedpur FC last season. The other match between the two teams, also last season, was a draw.

Team News

In the Jamshedpur FC camp, Komal Thatal’s injury is taking a bit longer than usual but is expected to be back in a couple of weeks’ time.

SC East Bengal will be missing many of their key players namely Franjo Prce, Tomislav Mrcela, Daniel Chukwu, and Joyner Lourenco who are ruled out due to their respective injuries. Further, Darren Sidoel is still undergoing recovery whereas Antonio Perosevic stands suspended.

Key Stats

SC East Bengal’s stability under Renedy Singh

SC East Bengal are showing signs of defensive stability under interim coach Renedy Singh. They have drawn three of their last 3 games. The club are conceding fewer shots and conceding fewer chances in the last 3 games compared to the first 7 games of the season.

In the first 7 games of the season, the club conceded 16.28 shots per game, out of which 10 were from inside the box. But in their last 3 games, SC East Bengal have conceded 13 shots per game, out of which 5.66 shots were conceded from inside the box. There has been a remarkable improvement defensively under Renedy Singh.

Set-Pieces for the win?

Both Jamshedpur FC and SC East Bengal are among the leaders for most goals via set pieces in the Hero ISL this season. Jamshedpur FC have scored 10 goals via set pieces, joint highest in the league after Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC.

SC East Bengal have scored 81.81% of their goals this season from set pieces, highest among any side. Jamshedpur FC, on the other hand, 58.8% of their goals from set pieces, the third most set piece reliant team this season. Jamshedpur FC and SC East Bengal FC are two of the three teams who are most reliant on set pieces for goals this season.

Key Players

Jamshedpur FC

Greg Stewart: Jamshedpur FC’s star player of the season, the forward has five goals and five assists in ten games, holding the key in each of Jamshedpur FC’s goals this season.

Ishan Pandita: Pandita’s late winner in the last game shows the potential he possesses. All of his five Hero ISL goals have come after the 80th minute mark. He seems to have a knack of scoring late and crucial goals. The forward has won his team 6 points due to his goals in Hero ISL. Pandita is yet to lose a game in which he has scored.

SC East Bengal

Hira Mondal: The defender has been one of SC East Bengal's best players, making 34 clearances, 29 tackles, 23 interceptions, and 20 blocks.

Arindam Bhattacharja: With the veteran custodian back in the goal for his side, SC East Bengal will be hoping to keep a second consecutive clean sheet in the game ahead.

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Match: Jamshedpur FC vs SC East Bengal                    

Date: 11th January 2022

Venue: Athletic Stadium, Panaji, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar, and JioTV. 

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