East Bengal - Tampines Rovers Preview: Trevor Morgan's side is eyeing AFC Cup round of 16
The Indian team has the opportunity to confirm their progress into the next round when they host the Singapore side.....
By Anselm Noronha
EAST BENGAL (4-1-3-2)
Naoba - Uga - Gurwinder - Saumik;
Harmanjot - Penn - Ishfaq;
Chidi - Barisic
TAMPINES ROVERS (4-1-3-2)
Imran - Jufri - Yamashita - Shaiful;
Mustafic - Shahdan - Firdaus
East Bengal have the opportunity to make it into the round of 16 of the AFC Cup should they defeat their rivals from Singapore at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
The Red and Gold, with seven points from three matches - the same as Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC whom East Bengal will host later this month - are on top of the Group H table, and a win on Tuesday could confirm a pre-quarterfinals berth to Trevor Morgan's side.
Morgan, having had his share of experience in the S-League, will be looking to utilise his knowledge of the opponent's game, especially after beating them 4-2 in the away fixture.
Will the Tampines have something to celebrate?
The defending S-League champions, on the other side, are on the brink of elimination as Nenad Barcina's team have only salvaged a point from their three matches.
The Stags might use 42-year-old Aleksandar Duric as an alternate option in attack, expecting the ex-Singapore international's height to cause some trouble to the Kolkata outfit's defense.Barcina would look to continue with Shahdan Sulaiman in the attacking role although the visitors are known to use the flanks more often than the center route, while continuing to rely on Sead Hadzibulic and former LionsXII striker Khairul Amri for goals.
East Bengal: Abhijit Mondal will continue to be the first choice goalkeeper as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been left out of the 18-man squad. Defender Arnab Mondal is injured.
Tampines Rovers: Skipper Fahrudin Mustafic is set to make his return for the tie after serving his suspension from the return leg in Singapore. Ismadi Mukhtar will however miss the match due to the midfielder being involved in a road accident.
|DID YOU KNOW
- East Bengal, who registered their highest margin away victory (4-2) in the AFC Cup in their previous match.
- East Bengal have also recorded 22 wins which is the highest by any Indian team in Asian Club Competitions.
- East Bengal is 447th under the FIFA Club rankings, while Tampines Rovers are 389th.
- Tampines Rovers' captain Fahrudin Mustafic had played under East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan in the S-League.
- East Bengal have not won back-to-back games in the AFC Cup since 2008.
- Tampines Rovers have not lost back-to-back in their overall fixtures this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
East Bengal F.C. 3-0 Tampines Rovers FC
- 22.22 %
East Bengal F.C. 2-0 Tampines Rovers FC
- 14.82 %
East Bengal F.C. 2-1 Tampines Rovers FC
- 12.96 %
|AFC Cup (AC)||09-Apr-2013||East Bengal F.C. 2 - Tampines Rovers FC 1|
|AFC Cup (AC)||03-Apr-2013||Tampines Rovers FC 2 - East Bengal F.C. 4|
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|15-May-2013||East Bengal F.C. 5 - Yangon United 1||AC|
|12-May-2013||East Bengal F.C. 0 - Shillong Lajong FC 1||IND1|
|08-May-2013||East Bengal F.C. 6 - United Sikkim F.C. 0||IND1|
|04-May-2013||Dempo SC 2 - East Bengal F.C. 2||IND1|
|30-Apr-2013||East Bengal F.C. 4 - Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC 1||AC|
|Tampines Rovers FC|
|15-Jun-2013||Balestier Khalsa FC 3 - Tampines Rovers FC 3||SLC|
|12-Jun-2013||Tampines Rovers FC 2 - Courts Young Lions 3||SLC|
|09-Jun-2013||Tampines Rovers FC 2 - Tanjong Pagar United FC 1||SLC|
|29-May-2013||Hougang United FC 2 - Tampines Rovers FC 1||SC|
|25-May-2013||Balestier Khalsa FC 4 - Tampines Rovers FC 0||SIL|
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