NorthEast United will look to reach the playoffs of the Indian Super League on Tuesday, February 23, when they face SC East Bengal.
The match is scheduled for a 7:30 pm IST start, at the Fatorda Stadium.
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Read our analysis and preview for SC East Bengal vs NorthEast United below.
SC East Bengal vs NorthEast United H2H
NorthEast to win: Why is this a good bet?
- The Highlanders are in 5th place with 27 points
- SC East Bengal are in 9th place
- NorthEast United are unbeaten in their last 8
- Meanwhile, their opponents have lost 2 of their last 5 matches
- NEUFC won the first leg of this tie by 2-0
NorthEast United’s hope of reaching the playoffs are hanging by a thread.
Sharing 27 points with Hyderabad FC, they need to win at least 1 of their remaining two games but more than that, they need to win big. A win here will bring them on par with the 3rd placed FC Goa in points but in goal difference, they are still behind by +5.
Given the present form of the Highlanders, it is not that difficult of an ask. They last drew Chennaiyin FC to 3-3 before which, they beat Odisha FC by 3-1. Plus, this is a side that has beaten the league leaders Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan back to back.
That said, the current equation for them will be a bit tricky for balance. While they do face two of the weakest sides defensively – East Bengal and Kerala Blasters, they will need to ensure they don’t concede a lot and at the same time, score many goals.
SC East Bengal, looking to play spoilsport
Robbie Fowler’s SC East Bengal have had a season to forget. We can’t really fault them for their performance, given that this was their debut season.
Most recently, they got hammered in the Kolkata derby, losing to ATK Mohun Bagan by 3-1. Before that, they drew against Hyderabad FC with 1-1 and beat Jamshedpur FC By 2-1.
Mathematically, the Red and Gold Brigade are out of the playoffs and all that remains for them is to play for pride and honor. Their final game of the season will be against Odisha FC.
Of course, the boys can also look to make life difficult for NorthEast United but that’s easier said than done. The Highlanders are in a menacing form right now and show no signs of slowing down.
Both teams to score: Why is this a good bet?
In our football betting analysis of NorthEast United vs SC East Bengal, it is evident that neither of them have kept a clean sheet consistently. Add to this their defensive woes, we have ourselves a game where we will see a few goals.
For the same reason, we expect to see over 2.5 goals in this match. With the likes of Luis Machado, Deshorn Brown, and others in their ranks, NEUFC can more than score 2.5 goals all by themselves.
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