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Preview: AFC Cup - Kitchee SC vs East Bengal

SENIOR ANALYST
Preview
1.88K   //    12 May 2015, 12:49 IST
Kitchee SC host East Bengal looking for a win to top the table

Kitchee SC play host to India’s East Bengal for the final match of the group stages of AFC Cup. The fate of the Group F has already been decided. Johor Darul Ta’zim and Kitchee SC have qualified for the next round.

Indian giants East Bengal will play for pride and would want to win their farewell game and end their campaign in this year’s AFC Cup. Kitchee, on the other hand, would be desperate to bag full points from their home match and finish the group stages on top of the table. It is expected to be an interesting clash between the two sides.

Venue

Mong Kok Stadium is a stadium on Flower Market Road, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. With a capacity of 6,664, it hosts Hong Kong Premier League football matches, with Kitchee FC and Sun Pegasus currently sharing the venue. The stadium is currently run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong.

Kick-off

May 12, 2015, 6:00 pm (IST) 

Possible starting line-ups

Kitchee SC (4-3-3): Wang Zhenpeng, Fernando Recio, Kim Tae-Min, Lo Kwan Yee, Cheung Kin Fung; Lam Ka Wai, Huang Yang, Ngan Lok Fung; Juan Belencoso, Christian Annan, Jordi Tarrés

Kitchee SC vs East Bengal – Likely formations

East Bengal (4-4-2): Abhijit Mondal, Arnab Mandal, Gurwinder Singh, R.Dhanaranjan, Deepak Mondal; Cavin Lobo, Mehtab Hossain, Abinash Ruidas, S.Malsawmtluanga; Ranti Martins, Dudu Omagbemi.

East Bengal visit Hong Kong to face Kitchee FC for the final match of the group stage in the AFC Cup. Eelco Schattorie’s men having nothing to lose in this game as they have been already eliminated from the tournament.

Schattorie had fielded a second string side in the previous two home games against Balestier Khalsa and JDT. But as reported he will be fielding a full strength side against Kitchee so that they can end their campaign on a decent note, hence Dudu and Ranti will come back into the team.

Key Battles

Juan Belencoso vs Arnab Mondal

Juan Belencoso is Kitchee SC’s main attacking weapon 

Spanish striker Juan Belencoso is in blistering form. The Spaniard has already scored 20 plus goals this season for Kitchee SC, and he is the main threat for the East Bengal defence. Pairing with compatriot Tarres, Kitchee’s attack force looks formidable and dangerous. Under the leadership of Arnab Mondal, East Bengal defenders will have to keep them under strict vigilance to avoid any embarrassment.

Ranti Martins vs Tae Kim

Ranti Martins will provide the attacking thrust on East Bengal’s behalf

Ranti Martins will be the key force upfront for East Bengal in today’s game. The duo of Ranti and Dudu Omagbemi will be a huge threat to the Kitchee defense and their main defender Tae Kim will have to mark Ranti Martins properly to avoid any danger.

Prediction

Kitchee SC 2-1 East Bengal

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