Federation Cup Preview: East Bengal Vs ONGC FC - Can Trevor Morgan's side avoid the fate of their Kolkatan rivals?
East Bengal get ready to square up against ONGC, knowing that a defeat here would consign them to an early flight back home....
By Ayush Srivastava
East Bengal take on ONGC in a Federation Cup clash in Siliguri, hoping to avoid the fate that has befallen their fellow Kolkatan heavyweights Mohun Bagan and Prayag United, both of whom have bowed out of the competition.
Trevor Morgan’s side were wasteful in front of goal against Sporting Clube de Goa, and paid for it by conceding a late equalizer to the Goan side, and know that a loss against ONGC would send them packing out of the tournament.
The head coach of East Bengal must be cursing his luck, having left one of their foreign slots vacant in the team, while Robin Singh has not travelled with the squad for the Federation Cup, leaving even fewer options upfront for him to choose from.
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The Kolkatan outfit faithful will be hoping that Chidi Edeh converts some of the chances that shall surely come his way against ONGC, while Baljit Sahni and Manandeep Singh must step-up to the plate as well.
ONGC meanwhile put high-flying qualifiers Kalighat MS in their place with a terrific 5-1 victory, and Bibek Bhowmick’s side have been lethal in front of goal, with new signing Oneyama Eke and Japanese attacking midfielder Katsumi Yusa showing a great touch.
They shall hope to continue playing in the style that won them promotion to the I-League last season, relying on a tight defense and counter-attacks to get their goals.
However they are up against a side which boasts of one of the strongest midfield and backline in India, meaning that Yusa and Eke will have to be at their sublime best, if they are to win the tie and take control of the group.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Of the record six Kolkatan sides in the competition, only one has managed to win a game so far.
- There is nothing to separate the two sides in a head to head, with ONGC and East Bengal having won a game each, with an identical scoreline of 1-0.
- East Bengal have made the last three finals of the Federation Cup, winning two of them.
- In the past 20 years, only once has one of the finalists has not been from Kolkata, which was in 2005. On that occasion the now disbanded Mahindra United defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1.
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Top 3 Predictions
East Bengal F.C. 2-0 ONGC F.C.
- 30.44 %
East Bengal F.C. 5-0 ONGC F.C.
- 13.04 %
East Bengal F.C. 4-0 ONGC F.C.
- 13.04 %
|I-League (I-L)||08-Jan-2013||ONGC F.C. 1 - East Bengal F.C. 0|
|I-League (I-L)||24-Nov-2012||East Bengal F.C. 5 - ONGC F.C. 0|
|India - Federation Cup (INDF)||23-Sep-2012||East Bengal F.C. 2 - ONGC F.C. 1|
|I-League (I-L)||12-Feb-2011||ONGC F.C. 1 - East Bengal F.C. 0|
|I-League (I-L)||04-Dec-2010||East Bengal F.C. 1 - ONGC F.C. 0|
|East Bengal F.C.|
|11-Mar-2014||East Bengal F.C. 2 - Mohd Sp 1||I-L|
|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|
|8||Thokchom Naoba Singh||Defender|