Nonetheless winless after 5 matches, laggards SC East Bengal and Kerala Blasters would look to safe their maiden win of the continuing Indian Tremendous League season once they face one another on the GMC Stadium, right here on Sunday.
Whereas East Bengal are on the backside of the 11-team standings with only one level, Kerala Blasters are not any higher as they occupy the ninth spot with two attracts.
Each groups have conceded 10 targets of their 5 matches. Whereas their respective defences appear to be susceptible, their misfiring forwardline is one other big concern.
Kerala have had the bottom photographs within the league (39) whereas the Kolkata aspect are second-lowest with 48.
Regardless of having good begins in video games, each the perimeters have did not hold the momentum going and dropped factors from promising positions.
Eight of the 10 targets that each the perimeters have conceded have come after the break, highlighting their second-half struggles.
“Each match is a brand new problem. We’re in the same scenario. Each groups need to get three factors. We’re coaching nicely and attempting to arrange for the match in the perfect potential method. Hopefully, we are able to play an excellent sport tomorrow,” mentioned Kerala coach Kibu Vicuna.
“Typically we’ve good outcomes, generally we do not. One thing would not occur as a result of one other workforce is taking part in and so they even have a plan,” he added.
Like Kerala, East Bengal too have the same philosophy of sustaining possession and constructing play from the again. However regardless of dominating possession, the Kolkata-based workforce has been struggling to create probabilities.
Kerala have created the least probabilities within the league (31) whereas East Bengal are simply above them (36).
They might have picked just one level to this point however East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler is assured in his aspect’s talents and desires them to pay attention higher.
To this point, East Bengal have solely scored two targets, by Jack Maghouma, which got here of their earlier sport in opposition to Hyderabad FC.
And the Kolkata giants shall be hoping so as to add to their tally, given Kerala’s defensive woes — they’ve managed to register only one clear sheet to this point.
“What we need to do is have management of the sport, of the ball and win video games,” mentioned Fowler.
“The focus stage must be a bit bit higher, formations for me would not actually matter. We now have gone on the market with the idea that we are able to win video games. We now have proven loads of glimpses we are able to compete. “There have been sure incidents which can have gone in opposition to us at instances however there’s nothing between us and the opposite groups.” the Englishman added.