After the first-leg defeat in Guwahati, Bengaluru FC is set to host NothEast United at Sree Kanteerava Stadium for the second leg in the semi-final of the Indian Super League. The hosts will have to toil hard against an in-form and well-equipped side to overturn the 2-1 deficit. With one goal advantage, the Highlanders must be determined to see this game through and seal their spot in the season finale.
Bengaluru FC has been the most consistent team in this season of ISL, but the table-toppers are on the verge of getting knocked out. However, with the home crowd behind them and an away-goal advantage, the hosts will fancy their chances heading into this must-win game. Sunil Chhetri needs to rise to the occasion as only goals can take them out of trouble in the second leg. The Blue Brigade would be eyeing to dominate their opponent in the initial stages of the game to keep them on backfoot throughout the match. Bengaluru FC has to play out of their skin in this crunch game if they want to reach the ISL finals for the second time running.
Meanwhile, NorthEast United are having the best season in the franchise history under Eelco Schattorie. The high-flying visitors have the golden opportunity to make it into the ISL finals for the first time, provided they can confine Bengaluru FC in the second leg. Having won the first leg by 2-1, NortEast United have to maintain a formidable backline to forestall Bengaluru’s attacking plans. However, the game is still wide open for the sides as full 90 minutes can turn the tie in anyone’s favors. The Highlanders would be hoping to land a counterpunch heading into the second leg as they find themselves on the cusp of creating history.
Date: Monday, 11 March 2019
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru
League: Indian Super League
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar (Website, App)
Recent form (Last six matches)
Bengaluru FC – D L L W L L
NorthEast United – L D W D D W
Head to head
NorthEast United FC Won – 1
Bengaluru FC Won – 3
Drawn – 1
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— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) March 11, 2019
- Xisco Hernandez can feature in playing XI for this game.
- Erik Paartalu will not be available for the hosts.
- Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will stand between the sticks for Bengaluru FC.
NorthEast United FC:
- Bartholomew Ogbeche will not be available for this fixture.
- Juan Mascia will come in to replace the striker
- Rowlin Borges has been ruled out with his hamstring injury and Nikhil Kadam is set to replace him.
- Pawan Kumar will be the goalkeeper for NorthEast United FC in the absence of TP Rehenesh.
- Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
- Sunil Chhetri
- Reagan Singh
- Redeem Tlang
- Juan Mascia
Probable Playing 11
Bengaluru FC– Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Harmanjot Khabra, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Sunil Chhetri, Miku
NorthEast United– Pawan Kumar (GK), Reagan Singh, Janeiler Rivas, Mato Grgic, Robert Lalthlamuana, Nikhil Kadam, Jose Leudo, Redeem Tlang, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Federico Gallego, Juan Mascia
FUNTUSH SAFE XI