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CFL 2017: East Bengal vs. Calcutta Customs Preview - Khalid Jamil's men eyeing second win in a row

23:55 IST 15/08/2017
East Bengal CFL 2017
The Red and Golds will look to pick up a second win on the trot on Wednesday and retain their top position in the league table.

After a brilliant start to their title defense in the Calcutta Football League (CFL), East Bengal gear up for the second game against Calcutta Customs on August 16th.

The Red and Golds, eyeing their eight consecutive CFL title this time, started their campaign on a high by beating newly promoted NBP Rainbow AC 4-1 in the opening game. Young striker VP Suhair notched a brilliant hat-trick in that game.

East Bengal's next three fixtures

Unlike the pre-season friendly matches where East Bengal struggled, the tournament opener proved to be a perfect start for I-League winning coach Khalid Jamil. 

Compared to their opponents, Calcutta Customs had a tough start to their campaign this season. They suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Peerless SC on Sunday.

It will be a herculean task for the minnows to put up a decent show and bag their first point of the tournament against giants East Bengal who looked sharp in the first game. 

However, three India internationals - Arnab Mondal, Mohammed Rafique and Nikhil Poojary - have joined the national camp after playing the opening game.The defending champions will have to make at least two changes in their team today, filling the void left by them. 

Centre-back Deepak Kumar is likely to come in replacing Arnab Mondal. Veteran midfielder Cavin Lobo could make his way into the team in place of Mohammed Rafique. Lobo and Mahmoud Al Amna’s parternship at the heart of the midfield could prove to be crucial on Wednesday. 

Khalid Jamil’s men would be eyeing yet another convincing win over Customs and will want to retain their number one position in the league table.

Kick-off is at 3 PM IST, at the East Bengal ground.

Team News: 

Injured: Gabriel Fernandes

Suspended: None

Doubtful: None

Key Player: V.P Suhair