East Bengal jumped to the second place, four points shy of leaders Bengaluru FC with a game in hand, after a 3-1 victory over Pune FC in their I-League fixture at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Saturday.
Unbeaten in seven matches, East Bengal will be aiming to notch a hattrick of wins to add impetus to their I-League title chase when they face a fatigued Pune FC at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan here Saturday.
East Bengal will play their biggest and toughest match to date on home turf when they face defending champions Kuwait SC in the AFC Cup return leg semifinal at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Monday.
Reacting to the poor turnout for the high-profile derby match at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra said football should be played at the iconic Eden Gardens which has better infrastructure.
Mohun Bagan have requested the state government to put up a three-tier security arrangement for their return leg of the Kolkata derby against East Bengal on February 9, to avoid a December 9 like incident.
Mohun Bagan squandered their lead in the last 13 minutes to settle for a 2-2 draw against leaders Dempo, something that shattered their I-League hopes after the 22nd round fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.
Leaders Dempo will look to return to winning ways and consolidate their position at the top when they face minnows Pailan Arrows in an I-League return leg fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.
Two days after the power failure during Sunday`s high-voltage derby clash, West Bengal Sports minister Madan Mitra on Tuesday requested the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to reschedule I-League matches in the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in the afternoon.
The fifth edition of the I-League football tournament kicks off tomorrow with title aspirants East Bengal taking on former champions Churchill Brothers in the inaugural match at the floodlit Yuba Bharati Krirangan.