East Bengal - Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC Preview: Trevor Morgan's side will look to maintain unbeaten record
The Red and Gold have already qualified for the pre-quarterfinals of the AFC Cup, although the Indian club would like to do so without a defeat in the group stage...
By Anselm Noronha
Naoba, Okpara, Gurwinder, Dey;
Sanju, Ralte, Cavin;
SAI GON XUAN THANH FC
Giang, Pham Tua, Dinh Luat, Phuong Nam;
Tai Em, Duc Linh, Pham Quang, Phan Do;
With a win more than their opponents, East Bengal currently top Group H with 11 points from five matches. Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC (8), on the other hand, are three points ahead of Selangor FA and need at least a point to make it through from the group stage.
The home team will be missing the services of striker Manandeep Singh and skipper Mehtab Hussain, who are suspended for the match, with midfielder Sanju Pradhan set to wear the captain's armband. Harmanjot Khabra is out of action for another eight weeks.
Should East Bengal manage to come out of the game unscathed, they will have the honour of being the first Indian club to go unbeaten in the group stages of the continental competition.
Meanwhile, Tran Tien Dai will also be forced ro shuffle his side against East Bengal as the Vietnamese Cup winners have to deal with the suspension of striker Nguyen Rogerio and injuries to several of their regulars such as goalkeeper Bui Tran Troung and striker Moses Oloya.
The previous encounter between the two teams at Ho Chi Minh City last month ended in a goalless draw. So did the last two respective matches of East Bengal and Sai Gon, who have two draws each, while a win for the latter will see them pip their hosts to pole position and claim home advantage in the round of 16.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- If East Bengal do not lose on Tuesday, they will become the first Indian club to qualify for the knock-out phase of the AFC remaining unbeaten in the group stage.
- After being founded in the year 2010, this is Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC's maiden appearance in the AFC Cup.
- East Bengal became the first Indian club to compete in the Asian level when they took part in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 1997.
- Scoring a goal in the second half has led to each of Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC's wins in the current AFC Cup competition.
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Top 3 Predictions
East Bengal F.C. 2-0 Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC
- 26.92 %
East Bengal F.C. 1-2 Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC
- 15.39 %
East Bengal F.C. 2-1 Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC
- 11.54 %
|AFC Cup (AC)||30-Apr-2013||East Bengal F.C. 4 - Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC 1|
|AFC Cup (AC)||13-Mar-2013||Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC 0 - East Bengal F.C. 0|
|East Bengal F.C.|
|01-Mar-2014||East Bengal F.C. 1 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 1||I-L|
|23-Feb-2014||Dempo SC 1 - East Bengal F.C. 0||I-L|
|18-Feb-2014||East Bengal F.C. 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|21-Jan-2014||East Bengal F.C. 2 - Bengaluru FC 0||INDF|
|18-Jan-2014||Sporting Clube de Goa 2 - East Bengal F.C. 1||INDF|
|30||Gurpreet Singh Sandhu||Goalkeeper|
|8||Thokchom Naoba Singh||Defender|
|-||Minh Nhut Nguyen||Goalkeeper|
|-||Phuong Nam Ngo||Defender|
|-||Phan Luu The Son||Defender|
|-||Long Giang Nguyen Thanh||Defender|
|26||Pham Thua Chi||Defender|
|27||Pham Do Nhat Tan||Striker|
|-||Duc Linh Nguyen||Midfielder|
|-||Trong Phi Nguyen||Striker|
|-||Christian José Nsi Amougou||Striker|
|-||Emeka Ndubuisi Oguwike||Striker|
|-||Nhu Quang Le Vo||Midfielder|
|-||Pham Quang Chi||Midfielder|