The league leaders clash with the Purple Brigade from Kolkata in a round 21 clash of the I-League 2013-14...Bengaluru FC take on ninth placed United Sports Club at the Kalyani Stadium, Kolkata in what promises to be an entertaining game as the Blues look to extend their lead at the top of the table.
The I-League debutants are enjoying an impressive campaign as they sit on top of the League with 34 points. The Blues are now four points ahead of Pune FC and Salgaocar FC who occupy the second and third place in the league table respectively and 6 clear Sporting Clube de Goa who still have a game in hand.
Ashley Westwood will be hoping that his team reproduces the form that saw them cruise to a 3-0 win against the Federation Cup Champions Churchill Brothers SC at the Bangalore Football Stadium in the weekend.
“It is going to be a tough game against United Sports who have been difficult opponents to crack. They have showed good character through tough times and with the injection of a new coach, their approach will be different. We know we have to give 100% to get anything out of the game but it is a challenge we are looking forward to,” the Bengaluru coach voiced his opinion ahead of the game.
United Sports Club, on the other hand, are at the other end of the table as they find themselves in a relegation battle. They are on a nine-match streak without a win and they will be desperate to turn around their fortunes under newly-appointed technical director Subrata Bhattacharya.
Following their 4-0 mauling at the hands of fellow strugglers Rangdajied United in the I-League previously, United SC will be hoping to pull off an upset against Bengaluru in order to get their season back on track.
“We will not give up without putting up a fight. In India, there’s hardly a difference between the top club and the bottom one,” said the newly appointed United SC coach Subrata Bhattacharya under whom the club has earned two points in three matches.
United SC can draw heart from the fact that Bengaluru have registered just three wins from their seven games away from home this season.
With respect to injuries, Bengaluru have no concerns as they have travelled with a fully fit squad. With their skipper Sunil Chhetri in sublime form lately, it will be a daunting task for the defense of United Sports Club to keep him under check for 90 minutes.
The spotlight will also be on winger CK Vineeth who is returning to his former club for the first time since his transfer to Bengaluru in the January window.
The last time the two teams met in October, the game ended in a narrow 1-0 victory to Bengaluru courtesy of an early John Johnson goal. Both teams will be hoping for three points as we enter the business end of the league.
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