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East Bengal vs Punjab FC, Indian Super League 2023-2024, Today Match Prediction

Kolkata, Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan

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East Bengal look to keep Punjab winless in the ISL 2023-24

  • East Bengal are coming on the back of the biggest win
  • Punjab remain winless even after eight league matches
  • The last two games between these two teams have been draws

East Bengal to win 3-1

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: Kolkata, Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan

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East Bengal raised a few eyebrows after coming up with a 5-0 victory over NorthEast United in the last match. This was the biggest win of the season for East Bengal, who had only picked up only one win in the previous six matches. Punjab remain winless after dropping points in the 3-3 draw at Bengaluru. It was yet another case of failing to hold on to lead for the team languishing near the bottom. The Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata will be the location for this game.

East Bengal Preview

Reasons to be cheerful

East Bengal secured their biggest ISL win

East Bengal have jumped to within a point off the top six

Reasons to be fearful

East Bengal have scored five of their 11 league goals in one game

The last two games against Punjab have been winless for East Bengal

East Bengal are looking to move into the top half of the table following a spectacular victory over NorthEast United. The club trail NorthEast United by just one point after this victory and they have a game in hand as well. A second consecutive home match gives enough reason for East Bengal to aim for successive ISL victories for the first time ever.

A second clean sheet of the campaign is also a major boost for Carles Cuadrat and his team going into the last few regular-season matches.

Star man – Cleiton Silva

Cleiton Silva took his tally to 5 goals for the campaign after his brace against NorthEast United. He has been in outstanding form over the last couple of weeks. His brace against Northeast means that he has now scored three goals in as many games.

Punjab FC Preview

Reasons to be cheerful 

The team continues to score goals

Luka Majcen remains in impressive form for the visitors

Reasons to be fearful

Defensive problems continue to be very bad

Punjab have the joint worst defensive run

Punjab are looking to add to their solitary victory over East Bengal when the two teams go up against each other. Punjab’s only victory against East Bengal came in the i-league. The upcoming meeting, though, will be vastly different for the two teams. There is immense pressure on Staikos Vergetis after having seen his team without a victory in eight matches.

There are no major injury concerns for Punjab coming into the game. As they wait for the first league victory, the team are clearly showing nervousness even when in the lead.

Star man – Luka Majcen

Luka Majcen is the top scorer in the Punjab squad after hitting a goal in the 3-3 draw at Bengaluru. The forward has now scored three goals in ISL season so far. His goal contributions have been among the best in the league from Punjab so far this season. After scoring 16 goals in the 20 league matches in last season’s I-League, there is enough reason to expect more out of the 34-year-old.

East Bengal have just picked up a crucial victory over NorthEast United that has put them on the verge of a move into the top six places. Meanwhile, Punjab are still waiting for the first league win of the season. The performances of Punjab – especially at the back have been horrendous to not expect anything other than a defeat in this game.

East Bengal to win 3-1

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Author: Bharath Ram