Bengaluru FC clash against NorthEast United FC in both teams’ season opener - get ISL fantasy tips
Bengaluru FC (BFC) take on NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) in the second match of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday, November 20.
BFC vs NEUFC Dream11 prediction
Both BFC and NEUFC oversaw a change in coaching staff midway through the Indian Super League 2020-21 season. They will hope to start the latest campaign on a positive note at the expense of the other.
Bengaluru FC, for starters, have made a massive overhaul to their squad after finishing seventh in a rather disappointing campaign last time around. While they lead the head-to-head record against NorthEast United FC (five wins in 10 meetings), BFC won’t be taking the Highlanders lightly.
NorthEast United, on the flip side, finished third after Khalid Jamil’s arrival on an interim basis last season. They will be looking to go further in the upcoming campaign and will hope that the arrival of a proven goal-scorer in Mathias Coureur can take them to the next level.
BFC vs NEUFC Dream11 team tips for Indian Super League 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
It goes without saying that Sunil Chhetri has to be your first choice pick. The 37-year-old Indian football team and BFC captain, who signed a fresh two-year deal with Bengaluru FC in June, is the all-time leading Indian goal-scorer in the ISL (47 goals). He will look to reward the 91.95 per cent of fantasy players who have chosen him with goals and assists.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Selected by 93.51 per cent of fantasy users, NEUFC’s Federico Gallego is certain to toy around with what looks like an inexperienced BFC defence compared to their backlines of the past. The Uruguayan has amassed nine goals and 12 assists in his ISL career and will look to showcase his playmaking capabilities against Sunil Chhetri and Co.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
The versatile Ashique Kuruniyan is a smart pick for the defensive slot. An attack-minded talent, the 24-year-old can operate as a left wing-back and add impetus to attacks going forward. He has four goals and five assists in four ISL seasons and is likely to only improve and get better with more maturity in his game now.
For a goalkeeper, fantasy players should be quick to draft in BFC’s Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The Indian national team goalkeeper has leaked 0.97 goals per game since 2017, while keeping the joint-most clean sheets (29). A huge frame in goal, it usually takes a defensive error or something special from the attacking players to get the better of the Indian custodian.
BFC vs NEUFC full squads
Bengaluru FC squad
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lara Sharma, Sharon Padattil
Defenders: Pratik Chaudhari, Wungngayam Muirang, Ajith Kumar, Parag Shrivas, Alan Costa, Sarthak Golui, Yrondu Musavu-King
Midfielders: Suresh Wangjam, Ajay Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan, Namgyal Bhutia, Naorem Roshan Singh, Biswa Darjee, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Akashdeep Singh, Rohit Kumar, Jayesh Rane, Danish Farooq, Bruno Ramires, Iman Basafa
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Edmund Lalrindika, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva, Leon Augustine, Sivasakthi Narayanan, Prince Ibara, Harmanpreet Singh, Bidyashagar Singh
NorthEast United FC squad
Goalkeepers: Mirshad Michu, Nikhil Deka, Sanjiban Ghosh, Subhasish Roy
Defenders: Gurjinder Kumar, Jestin George, Mashoor Shereef, Mohamed Irshad, Nabin Rabha, Tondonba Singh, Patrick Flottmann, Provat Lakra
Midfielders: Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha, Federico Gallego, Gani Nigam, Hernan Santana, Imran Khan, Joe Zoherliana, Khassa Camara, Pragyan Medhi, Pragyan Gogoi, Sehnaj Singh
Forwards: Deshorn Brown, Laldanmawai Ralte, Lalkawpuimawia, Manvir Singh, Mathias Coureur, Rochharzela, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, William Lalnunfela
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