East Bengal aim for a fourth win against debutants Gokulam
Kolkata: On a high after a hattrick of wins, East Bengal will look to continue their ascent and eye the number one spot when they host debutants Gokulam Kerala FC in a sixth round I-League football fixture here on Wednesday.
Having started off with two back-to-back draws including one in the season's first derby, the Khalid Jamil-coached side drew a lot of flak but they're finally back on winning track, three points shy of leaders Minerva (13).
The Kerala outfit, on the other hand, will be boosted by their maiden win of the season that came in the last round against Indian Arrows in a match they scored two goals.
Coach Bino George's side have managed to score three goals in four matches and two of them have come in the last match.
The debutants would look to challenge the local heavyweights who have scored the maximum goals 12 so far from five matches.
Katsumi Yusa and Laldanmawia Ralte have been their key to scoring goals with three each, while Willis Plaza have returned to find the target with two to his name against Churchill Brothers.
"I am feeling good at the moment with my game and have been working hard. But the end of the matter is that we need three points," Plaza said on Wednesday.
Jamil may also look to go in with Charles De Souza especially after he scored his first goal for the club in the last round, against his former club Chennai City FC.
The best part about East Bengal is that they have also managed to put a strong defensive display led by the centre back duo of Arnab Mondal and Eduardo Ferreira.