East Bengal will be looking to get its form in the Indian Super League-10 on track when it hosts Mumbai City FC in the Salt Lake Stadium here on Tuesday.
EBFC managed to end a 12-year-long drought of national titles under the stewardship of its Spanish coach Carles Cuadrat when it lifted the Kalinga Super Cup last month at Bhubaneswar.
This achievement did not aid its cause in the ISL where the team is still searching for consistency, having won only two matches in 12 appearances. The best it did was play six draws while losing the remaining four. The last loss came on Saturday in Guwahati when it visited NorthEast United FC, the same team EBFC blanked 5-0 at home in the first week of December to pick up its second win of the League.
EBFC will be missing its Brazilian striker Cleiton Silva to suspension while its Spanish duo of Pardo and Saul Crespo remain uncertain with injury. The arrival of Costa Rican forward Felicio Brown and Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez in a mid-season transfer is buoying the teams’ hopes ahead of the match.
East Bengal is currently placed ninth in the League standings with 12 points from as many matches while Mumbai City FC is placed fifth with 22 points from 12 matches. Having lost 2-3 against Jamshedpur FC at home in its previous outing, the Islanders will be keen to return to winning form.