KOLKATA: East Bengal hoping to extend their winning run and inch closer to the title when they take on debutantes Pathachakra Club in their sixth fixture of the Calcutta Football League on Thursday.
East Bengal gaffer Khalid Jamil knows the importance of the match and he is confident that his boys will be able to deliver the goods at East Bengal Ground.
“We are aware of Pathachakra’s strengths. They have some fine players and they will try their level best to overcome us but we have prepared ourselves well and the boys are raring to go,” said Jamil.
Both the teams head into the game on the back of contrasting results while East Bengal upbeat after beating Railway FC in the previous game, Pathachakra suffered the reverse in their last outing against Peerless Sports Club.
However, Jamil has cautioned the players against complacency and aware of the fact that if they are to bag three points against Pathachakra, they need to put their best foot forward.
With four points from a win, draw and two defeats, Pathachakra is presently at the seventh spot in standings and the Partha Sen-coached side will aim for a win on the morrow, which will propel them to fifth position.
“We cannot reflect on a team’s performance on the table standing and Pathachakra who are down below has proved themselves beating strong opponents.” Jamil added.
Going into the game, Jamil is expected to field an unchanged line-up. Suhair V.P and Jobby Justin will lead the attack and both will surely keep the Pathachakra defenders on their toes.
East Bengal’s supply line will have Mahmoud Al Amna, who has controlled the midfield remarkably and combined well with Prakash Sarkar, Brandon Vanlalremdika and Laldanmawia Ralte to pose a constant threat to the rival defense.
It might seem to be a one-sided contest on paper, but East Bengal is not be taking their opponents lightly and with tough matches against Mohammedan Sporting Club and Mohun Bagan lie ahead, East Bengal, who are involved in a keen tussle with Bagan for the top spot, can not afford to drop any point.