NorthEast United haven't won any of their last six games, and this season is slowly developing into an all-too-familiar story for the Highlanders. Gerard Nus has to turn things around for his side, and will look to begin the recovery against the struggling Bengaluru FC team.
In their last game, NorthEast lost 4-2 to Hyderabad FC. They clawed their way back to 2-2, after going two goals down. But a late brace from Liston Colaco ensured that Nus' side ended that game with no point.
Bengaluru, on the other hand, have lost each of their last four games. Their last match, which they lost 1-0 to SC East Bengal, was the first one under interim coach Naushad Moosa. The latter has taken over from Carles Cuadrat, who was relieved off his duties.
NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC head-to-head
Bengaluru have beaten the Highlanders five times in the nine ISL meetings between the two teams so far. NorthEast United beat the Blues only once, which happened in the first leg of the semifinals in the 2018-19 season. The rest of the three games ended in a draw.
NorhtEast United form guide: L-L-D-L-D
Bengaluru FC form guide: L-L-L-L-W
NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC team news
NorthEast United FC
Kwesi Appiah has injury concerns and is unlikely to feature in this game for NorthEast United. Dylan Fox didn't start the last game against Hyderabad FC. So he is likely to come into the side to partner Benjamin Lambot at the heart of the defense.
Harmanjot Khabra will be back from suspension, but whether he will slot in at right-back remains to be seen. Leon Augustine could come into the side to replace Udanta Singh, while Kristian Opseth could start this game as well.
NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC predicted XIs
NorthEast United FC
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Gurmeet; Ashutosh Mehta, Benjamin Lambot, Dylan Fox, Gurjinder Kumar; Lalengmawia, Khassa Camara; Ninthoinganba Meitei, Federico Gallego, VP Suhair; Idrissa Sylla.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Rahul Bheke, Pratik Chaudhari, Juanan Gonzalez, Ajith Kumar; Erik Paartalu, Suresh Singh Wangjam; Leon Augustine, Cleiton Silva, Sunil Chhetri; Kristian Opseth.
NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC prediction
With both teams showing a lack of confidence at the moment, it is hard to separate them. Both need to get their act together otherwise they have every chance of slipping further on the points table. This match has all the possibility of finishing in a draw.
Prediction: NorthEast United FC 1-1 Bengaluru FCPublished 11 Jan 2021, 20:29 IST