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I-League: East Bengal FC look to continue winning run against Chennai City FC

East Bengal FC will be looking to continue their winning run in the I-League when they face debutants Chennai City FC on Sunday.

football Updated: Feb 05, 2017 16:20 IST
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East Bengal will face Chennai City FC in their I-League encounter on Sunday.(AIFF)

With a week to go for the derby, high-flying East Bengal will look to extend their winning streak to six matches and equal their 2010-11 feat when they face struggling debutants Chennai City FC at Barasat on Sunday.

In their quest for the elusive I-League silverware, the red-and-gold brigade have been unstoppable since the draw against Aizawl FC in the opening round. They are in the middle of a dream run which included an upset coming-from-behind 2-1 win against holders Bengaluru FC in their fourth round.

In the previous outing, Willis Plaza scored twice as East Bengal FC continued to top the I-League table after beating Mumbai FC 2-0 as the Trinidad and Tobago marksman and Haitian midfielder Wedson Anselme have accounted for eight of the 14 goals, summing up the duo’s dominance this season.

The duo’s linkup play with Robin Singh along with Mehtab Hossain and Lalrindika Ralte in the midfield have been key to their ruthless display.

But come tomorrow, Mehtab will be out of action after his double booking while to make things easier Arnab Mondal is on the path to recovery and the centre back may be included in the 18-man squad.

Coach Trevor Morgan will look to continue the same ‘mantra’ against a lacklustre Chennai City FC who have slumped to ninth place in the 10-team table with four points from six matches.

Chennai have suffered four defeats so far, from which they have managed to score just one goal and it will be a tall task for their defence to thwart East Bengal forwards.

“You cannot take any team lightly because upsets do happen and Chennai City are doing well. That’s why we approach every game in the same way. We respect all the oppositions. They have two Brazilian forwards and if you give them time and space, they can hurt you,” Morgan said.

Morgan’s next stop would be the showpiece match of the tournament when East Bengal face arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the I-League derby on January 12 and the Englishman would look to test his bench before the big match.

“We will not be looking at our current position while playing tomorrow’s game and we will be taking this one as just another game. It’s another three points which we want to try and get. All the games are important for us as we want to be successful,” Morgan said.

The East Bengal coach further said: “It’s not important where we are at the moment, important is where we want to finish at the end. The players are working hard to get there, but as I mentioned, the most important thing is about where we want to finish,” said the coach as East Bengal will look to consolidate themselves atop the table

First Published: Feb 05, 2017 16:20 IST