ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs NorthEast United FC Live Updates: NorthEast United FC will want all the three points when they take on SC East Bengal on Tuesday in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 Match No.104 at the Fatorda Stadium. NorthEast United FC are currently out of Top 4 but they are in a tight race with FC Goa and Hyderabad FC to make the playoffs and will need a win here to take a huge step towards it. SC East Bengal will be looking to spoil the party but they are themselves out of contention. Follow all the live updates of SC East Bengal vs NorthEast United FC in News18 Sports’ blog.
East Bengal and NorthEast United last played on December 5, where the Highlanders emerged victorious 2-0. It was an unfortunate own goal and another from Rochharzela that gave NorthEast United the win. Surchandra had scored an own goal in the 33rd minute of the game while Rochharzela scored NorthEast United’s second in stoppage time. East Bengal had a lot of shots that game but only two on target. NorthEast United also had just three shots on target but scored off two of them.
SC East Bengal assistant coach Tony Grant believes this could be a real test for his side when they take on the Highlanders on Tuesday. “To play for this club, you have to be able to roll your sleeves up. It’s a great test for our boys to show us their quality,” he said. SCEB will clash against a side eyeing their place in the playoffs and the encounter will be an enticing one considering NorthEast’s form in the league so far. “I think they are great. I think they started the season really well and looking at their recruitment, they have got a good blend of youth (and experience) in their team. They are in the top four and they deserve to be up there. It’s going to be a big test for our lads. And that’s the best time you will get to see what your players are made of,” stated Grant.
The Highlanders need to win their next two games in order to progress to the playoffs but assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew stressed that his side was focused only on the SCEB match. “We concentrate on our game tomorrow and then will think about the last game against KBFC. Tomorrow is a very important game for us,” he said. “We have to play very well. We have to defend well, we have to attack well, we have to create chances and then utilise them and give our 100 percent. This is a game we cannot take easy. We have to show character and give our best throughout 90 minutes and hopefully, we will get three points tomorrow,” he added.