Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bengaluru begin travels with East Bengal challenge

Bengaluru FC Media

Top two teams of last edition's I-League lock horns for the first time this season as Kolkata giants East Bengal host defending champions Bengaluru FC at the Salt Lake stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Red and Golds had suffered a disastrous campaign in the Federation Cup and have opened their Hero I-League sojourn with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Clube de Goa whereas Bengaluru FC are still fresh from a 3-1 thrashing in the hands of Pune FC in the last. 

With tomorrow's match, Bengaluru begin a key and hectic run of games over the week - playing as many as 3 games in a span of eight days including a clash with Royal Wahingdoh in chilly Shillong and the AFC Champions League trip to Malaysia.

East Bengal enjoy a 3-0 win record over Bengaluru. History and recent results may not give the Blues a big chance, Westwood has more than a resilient bunch who are no strangers to battling odds and coming out  trumps. Though last Saturday at home against Pune didn't quiet go according to plan, Westwood had a second half full of positives to pick from.

“We’ve played East Bengal three times and lost three times so it’s a record as bad as it can get and we’re happy to go into this game as underdogs. They have a good side and the crowd will be behind them. It’s going to be a good, tough game and one that we will be well prepared for,” said Westwood at the pre-game press conference on Tuesday.

Both teams have only a solitary point in their kitty, with the host having played a game less. While the East Bengal will be eager to keep their all win record against the recent Federation Cup winners intact, the travelling squad will be eager to garner their first points against the Kolkata club.