The second match of Indian Super League's 2019-20 season will see reigning champions Bengaluru FC take on one of last season’s semi-finalists NorthEast United FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.
Both sides enjoyed memorable campaigns last season and will look to replicate their performances at the beginning of this season.
Here are three things to look out for from this clash...
3. Key players, probable XI and injury updates
Important Players - Sunil Chhetri, Raphael Augusto
Injured - None
Suspended - None
NorthEast United FC:
Important Players - Asamoah Gyan, Redeem Tlang
Injured - None
Suspended - Jobby Justin, Anas Edathodika
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Dimas Delgado, Harmanjot Khabra, Udanta Singh, Raphael Augusto, Sunil Chhetri, Manuel Onwu
NorthEast United FC: Pawan Kumar (GK), Provat Lakra, Kai Heerings, Mislav Komorski, Shouvik Ghosh, Jose Leudo, Milan Singh, Redeem Tlang, Panagiotis Triadis, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Asamoah Gyan
2. Bengaluru FC favourites based on past clashes
Both Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC have faced each other a total of six times in the Indian Super League up till now.
Out of these six games, the Blues have won four, drawn one whereas the Highlanders have won one, drawn one and lost four.
A lot needs to change if NorthEast are going to have an impact this season.
1. Tale of two legendary strikers
Both Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC are equipped with enough firepower to go all the way this season however, in the clash specifically among these two sides, all eyes will be on India's legendary captain Sunil Chhetri who will line up in attack for the Blues and NorthEast United's latest signing, Ghanian footballing legend Asamoah Gyan leading the Highlanders.
It will be intriguing to see who comes out on top!