NEUFC vs BFC Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
The 2018-19 Indian Super League playoffs begin with the first game set to be played between NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC. The tie will be played over the two legs and the first and the 1st leg is at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, in Guwahati, Assam, India, on Thursday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Indian Super League, semi-final leg 1 of 1
Teams: NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC
Kick Off: Thursday 07 March
Match Timing: 07:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (23,850)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Indian Super League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
This is the first time since the inception of Indian Super League in 2014 that NorthEast United are playing in the playoffs. So in every sense, this has been a historical season for this club. Now the next target for Eelco Schattorie is to better the achievement and take his team one step closer to the ultimate glory.
The Highlanders finished the regular campaign fourth in the table. With seven wins and the joint fewest losses, they accumulated 27 points from 18 games, finishing just two points above 5th placed Jamshedpur FC.
Unlike other teams, NorthEast didn't have too many big names on their roster and relied heavily on Bartholomew Ogbeche for the goals. The 34-year-old Nigerian forward didn't let anybody down, scoring 12 goals so far. It's hard to fathom where the team would have finished had it not for Ogbeche's incredible form.
Other than him, Federico Gallego thrived from the midfield, and his understanding with Ogbeche was a joy to watch. The Uruguayan scored four goals and set up another five goals for his teammates.
But the one aspect that may have pushed the Highlanders to the top-4 is their defense, with just 18 goals conceded in the regular season. The achievement looks even more impressive if we consider that Eelco Schattorie's men scored only the 7th most goals in 18 games.
For the 2nd season in a row, Bengaluru FC topped the regular season table. This time, whoever, they failed to match the 40 points tally of the last season, still, they were the team to beat for many months.
Recent form (Last six matches)
NorthEast United – W L D W D D
Bengaluru FC – W D L L W L
NEUFC vs BFC Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC Team News:
Injured – Centre-back Mislov Komorski remains out injured for the Highlanders.
Suspended – Gurwinder Singh was brought in as a makeshift centre-back for the injured Mislov Komorski. He did well but had a match to forget last time around as he was sent off after 23 minutes. He will be serving a ban here.
Questionable – None.
Note: Keegan Pereira is expected to fill to partner with Mato Grgic at the back. NorthEast's big guns like Ogbeche, Gallego, and Borges, are all available for selection.
Key Players – Bartholomew Ogbeche, Federico Gallego
Injured – The biggest injury setback which could haunt Bengaluru FC is that Eric Paartalu has been ruled out for the rest of the season. The big Australian midfielder has been one of the best players for the Blues since last season. He suffered an ankle injury against Chennaiyin FC on February 9, and Bengaluru's form has topsy-turvy since then.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Harmnajot Khabra has done all he could to fill the big boots of Paartalu. He is expected to start here. Dimas Delgado will play as a playmaker, while Udanta Singh's pace on the flanks will be crucial.
Key Players – Miku, Sunil Chhetri
NEUFC vs BFC Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
NorthEast United– Pawan Kumar (GK), Keegan Pereira, Mato Grgic, Janeiler Rivas, Reagan Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Rowllin Borges, Federico Gallego, Redeem Tlang, Panagiotis Triadis, Bartholomew Ogbeche
Bengaluru FC– Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Albert Serran, Nishu Kumar, Harmnajot Khabra, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Xisco Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri, Miku
NEUFC vs BFC Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Both the teams boast a strong midfield, and it's tough to guess which team could dominate here. But since NorthEast United are at home in the first leg, they are slight favorites in this match.
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