Kolkata, 25 October
AFC Cup semi-finalists East Bengal host high-flying table toppers Bengaluru FC in the round 7 clash of the Airtel I-League in Kalyani on Saturday afternoon.
It will not only be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs but Bengaluru FC would also be playing their maiden away game, having won four of their five home matches to occupy the pole position in the 13-team table with 13 points.
East Bengal on the other hand have a fixture backlog to make up in the I-League as they have been making India proud in the continent with their record-breaking run in the AFC Cup.
The Kolkata club&’s amazing journey in the AFC Cup came to an end against defending champions Kuwait SC in the semi-finals after their 3-0 loss in the second leg on Tuesday. East Bengal will be without Nigerian central defender Uga Okpara while the midfield duo of Ryuji Sueoka and Reisangmi Vashum are also expected to miss out due to injury.
Tomorrow&’s matches: East Bengal v Bengaluru FC, Mumbai v Mohun Bagan.