Match preview: Bangalaru FC vs Northeast United
The fourth round of the Indian Super League will see former champions Bengaluru FC taking on NorthEast United FC at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, Goa.
Bengalaru FC picked up their first win of ISL 2020-21 when they beat Chennaiyin FC, courtesy of a second-half penalty from skipper Sunil Chhetri. Head coach Carles Cuadrat will be happy that the Blues were able to hold on to their lead till the end.
Bengaluru FC retained most of their core players from last season’s squad which reached the ISL playoffs. However, they have looked far from the strong outfit that is known to dominate play on the pitch. They seem to be lacking the attacking intensity this time around. It is evident from the fact that their strikers have scored just once in their three ISL matches so far.
Northeast United on the other hand, have been a revelation in the ISL 2020-21 season, staying unbeaten so far in the competition. In their four matches, they have won two and drawn two, racking up a tally of eight points in the standings.
Head coach Gerard Nus revamped the Highlanders’ squad in the off-season, with just a few players retained from the previous season. The defence has become sturdy, conceding just three goals in four ISL matches.
With a good bunch of talented youngsters and experienced overseas players, Nus has managed to build a balanced side. With lethal strikers like Kwesi Appiah and Idrissa Sylla in their ranks, the Highlanders will fancy their chances against Bengaluru FC.