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Churchill Brothers - East Bengal Preview: Will the Red Machines end the unbeaten run of the Kolkatan outfit?

Churchill Brothers - East Bengal Preview: Will the Red Machines end the unbeaten run of the Kolkatan outfit?

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As an unbeaten East Bengal travel to Goa to take on Churchill Brothers, who are in fine form themselves, one can hope for a gripping match between the two giants...

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC

Nandy;
Franco, Najjarine, Ravanan, Yumnam;
Dias, Lenny, Bikramjit, Tomba;
Moghrabi, Beto
EAST BENGAL

Gurpreet;
Naoba, Arnab, Okpara, Dey;
Khabra, Hussain, Orji, Ishfaq;
Chidi, Manandeep
  PREVIEW

Churchill Brothers have been in impressive form of late, having captured maximum points in their last four games and they sit pretty at the top of the table behind current league leaders, Dempo SC.

Beto and Akram Moghrabi have been in scintillating form for the Red Machines as they have notched up an impressive 9 goals between them and the duo have formed one of the most destructive partnership in the whole of the I-League, along with Prayag United's Carlos Hernandez and Ranti Martins.

Will East Bengal cope up with Akram?

East Bengal have been as always since Trevor Morgan took over, a very consistent outfit. However they have only themselves to blame for not presently being top of the table, as they drew 2 out of their 5 matches, games they could have easily won and currently lie a point adrift of their opponents this week.

Penn Orji will be pulling the strings for the Kolkata outfit

In fact, the Red and Gold were desperately unlucky not to register all three points when they took on reigning I-League champions, Dempo SC  at the Salt Lake stadium, as their strikers missed several chances before allowing the Goans to equalise late on.

What would please Morgan however is that Penn Orji is in brilliant form for the Kolkatan outfit, as he is able to orchestrate his side's attacking play with precision. However the duo of Manandeep Singh and Edeh Chidi are yet to strike up a deadly partnership and East Bengal's other options upfront have also failed to take their chances, therefore Morgan will have a headache thinking about his striking options.

  TEAM NEWS

Churchill Brothers:  With no injury worries, Subhash Bhowmick will have a full squad to choose from as the Red Machines look to push on to the I-League summit.

East Bengal : With Abhijit Mondal still missing due to injury, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will be the one donning the gloves for Morgan's side.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • East Bengal are the only undefeated side in the I-League. Their streak continues from the Federation Cup.
  • East Bengal are looking to recruit Andrew Barisic as their 4th foreigner. Barisic currently plays in the Indonesian league.
  • A late Lalrindika Ralte goal gave East Bengal a win over Churchill in the Federation Cup semi-finals, a tournament which they went on to win.

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