Match 94 Preview: Bengaluru FC eye win against NorthEast United FC as semi-final hopes lie in balance
In a bid to return in the top-four, Bengaluru FC will lock horns with the bottom-placed NorthEast United FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Friday.
The Blues are a win away from breaking into the semi-final spots, meanwhile, a draw will mean their position remains unchanged in the standings. They are placed sixth on the table with 23 points in 16 matches.
On the other hand, NorthEast United FC’s campaign has almost come to a close, however, players still have a lot to fight for as a strong finish could mean they retain their spots for the next season.
Bengaluru FC: DWWWL
Before their last match, the Blues were on a red-hot streak of nine unbeaten games. However, in their previous clash against Hyderabad FC, they tasted their fifth loss of the season.
NorthEast United FC: LDLLL
The Highlanders’ hapless season has only gone from bad to worse in the recent phase. In the last five matches, they have encountered four heavy losses and are winless in 10 matches.
Head to Head
In 11 matches contested, Bengaluru FC have emerged victorious six times while NorthEast United FC have won only once with four drawn clashes.
Bengaluru FC will be without the suspended Roshan Singh for their next game against NEUFC after his card against HFC. Ashique Kuruniyan too is not available, Rohit Kumar and Jayesh Rane too are ruled out due to injury. In terms of long term injuries, King, Amay, Harmanpreet are still missing. The Blues also have some players who are still suffering after the Covid-19 situation.
Cleiton Silva: The leading goal-scorer for the Blues this season, Silva has scored seven and provided an assist on three.
Udanta Singh: The young Indian forward has scored three goals and given an assist twice, stepping up whenever his side has needed him.
NorthEast United FC
Deshorn Brown: Brown needs one goal to equal Bartholomew Ogbeche (12) as NEUFC’s leading goal scorer in Hero ISL.
VP Suhair: Suhair ended an 8-game goalless drought as he scored NorthEast United FC’s opening goal in their defeat to ATK Mohun Bagan. He has scored 4 goals and set up 2 more goals this season.
The Blues set-piece strike
Bengaluru FC have scored 17 goals from set-pieces this season, the highest of any Hero ISL side. They have also scored a league-high 8 goals from corners.
The Highlanders low
NorthEast United FC (38) have conceded more goals than any other side this season. They have conceded the most goals from open play this season – 28 goals.
Match timings and telecast details
Match: Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC
Date: February 18, 2022
Venue: PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm IST
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.