East Bengal look for fourth successive I-League win (Preview)

Vasco (Goa), Feb 29 (IANS) Indian football heavyweights East Bengal will travel to Salgaocar hoping to continue their impressive form as the two teams lock horns in an I-League encounter at the Tilak Maidan here on Tuesday.

The visitors have grabbed a hat-trick of wins and are oozing with confidence presently. They are third on the points table, four adrift of league leaders and arch rivals Mohun Bagan. East Bengal beat Aizawl 2-0, Shillong Lajong 4-0 and Salgaocar 2-1 in their last three matches.

Meanwhile, Salgaocar will be eyeing revenge as they now host the red and yellow brigade. However, the hosts have not had the best of seasons. They are struggling at the bottom of the table with two back-to-back losses which includes a 1-3 defeat to Mohun Bagan.

It is only Darryl Duffy who has shone in Sporting colours this season. The Scottish striker has readily got on the score sheet and is the top-scorer in the competition so far. But for Salgaocar coach Santosh Kashyap his defence has let him down every time. They have conceded goals in every match they have played so far.

A win for East Bengal would propel them to second spot on the leader board which is now occupied by Bengaluru FC and they will be just a point behind Bagan.

Therefore, even though it is an away game, East Bengal manager Biswajit Bhattacharya would want his side to go all out searching for their fourth win in a row. A slip, however, for the Kolkata giants would peg them back in their quest for the title.

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