ISL 2020-21 NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC-NEUFC vs BFC 5 Key Battles: Both NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC are in a torrid run of form, with NEUTD failing to win in their last 6 while Bengaluru having lost their last four. Bengaluru’s dismal form has seen them sack Carles Cuadrat, with Naushaad Moosa replacing him as an interim.
Despite that they have failed to gain the “new manager bounce”, and will be hoping that their impressive record against NorthEast comes handy.In the previous encounter, NorthEast united came back from two goals down to draw 2-2.
In a key clash for both teams, we take a look at important battles in the match that will define the game.
ISL 2020-21 NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC 5 Key Battles – NEUFC vs BFC Battle 1
Benjamin Lambot v/s Cleiton Silva: In a classic striker vs central defender matchup, NorthEast United’s in form Benjamin Lambot will be up against Bengaluru FC’s Cleiton Silva. Both players have been of perennial presence in their teams, with Cleiton Silva scoring
three goals so far. Benjamin Lambot has had three clean sheets and has also scored two goals for NEUTD.
ISL 2020-21 NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC 5 Key Battles – NEUFC vs BFC Battle 2
Rahul Bheke v/s Luis Machado: On the other end of the pitch, NEUTD wing talisman Luis Machado, who scored two goals vs Bengaluru in the reverse fixture, will be under scanner again. Luis gave a bad time to Harmanjot Khabra and Rahul Bheke. A change in formation
under Moosa means Bheke will have a greater outlook vs Machado.
ISL 2020-21 NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC 5 Key Battles – NEUFC vs BFC Battle 3
Suni Chettri v/s Asutosh Mehta: Sunil Chettri hasn’t yet found his best boots yet, and his rival fullback Asutosh Mehta has had an on and off season so far. Mehta has averaged 3 clearances per game and 1.2 interceptions per game. Sunil Chettri will look to attack and
get the better of Asutosh and add to his goal-scoring tally.
ISL 2020-21 NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC 5 Key Battles – NEUFC vs BFC Battle 4
Juanan v/s Kwasi Appiah: Kwasi’s striking skill-sets means Gerard Nus can bank on him to harass the ever present Juanan. Juanan has been the fulcrum of a rather struggling Bengaluru FC defence, and there will be a lot of pressure on him to keep Appiah quiet.
ISL 2020-21 NorthEast United vs Bengaluru FC 5 Key Battles – NEUFC vs BFC Battle 5
Eric Partaalu vs Federico Gallego: Ah, the good old midfield battle. This showdown in the middle of the park has the potential to define the game and the outcome. All eyes will be on how Eric Partaalu deals with Federico Gallego and nullifies his influence as NorthEast
look to leapfrog Bengaluru FC in the league table.