East Bengal have nothing to lose and will play for pride. NorthEast United, on the other hand, will go all out for a win to boost their playoff hopes.
The Red and Gold brigade comes into this game on the back of a defeat at the hands of local rivals ATK Mohun Bagan. With the Highlanders having a solid defense, this too will be a difficult game for SC East Bengal.
NorthEast United came back to draw 3-3 against Chennayin FC in their last match, grabbing a point in the process. The team very well knows the importance of a win in their next game. With the stakes high, one can expect an aggressive display on the field from the NorthEast United team.
SC East Bengal vs NorthEast United: Head-to-head
The two teams have played each other once in the reverse fixture earlier this season. NorthEast won 2-0, courtesy of an own goal from Surchandra Singh and a late goal from Rochharzela.
Top goal scorers this season
SC East Bengal: Matti Steinmann - 4
NorthEast United: Luis Machado - 7
Clean sheets this season
SC East Bengal: Debjit Majumder (2)
NorthEast United: Subhasish Roy (2), Gurmeet (2)
More stats and numbers you need to know
SC East Bengal: Debjit Majumder - 50
NorthEast United: Subhasish Roy - 19
SC East Bengal: Jacques Maghoma - 722
NorthEast United: Lalengmawia - 589
SC East Bengal: Matti Steinmann - 3
NorthEast United: Federico Gallego - 6
The match between SC East Bengal and NorthEast United FC will be telecast live on Star Sports 2 SD & HD (English), Star Sports Hindi 1 SD & HD with live streaming available on Hotstar and Jio TV.