It's been a long wait of 680 days, but the Kolkata derby - one of the fiercest in India - is finally returning home, to the Salt Lake stadium. The last derby at the same venue ended with honours shared, but with East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, a draw is never satisfying.
Last time these two went head to head in the Calcutta Football League(CFL), with both teams level on points - 23 - a superior goal difference helped the Red and Yellows clinch the title. It's the first time
Coach Khalid Jamil said, "We've to play the derby and whether it is at the beginning or at the end really does not matter. There's pressure for each and every match. This is no different. There has been no difference in preparation. But it's a vital match for us."#JoyEastBengal pic.twitter.com/GZO9436hr7— KF East Bengal (@eastbengalfc) December 2, 2017
East Bengal: Barreto; Mehtab, Ranjan, Eduardo, Deepak; Bazzoau; Danmawia, Katsumi, Al Amna, Brandon; Plaza.
Prediction: We predict a 2-1 win for East Bengal.
Kick-off: 2:00 PM IST