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EAST BENGAL F.C.

TheAi??Prince Mohammed Stadium , Jordan

25th April, 2012, Kick Off- 16:00 Local Time

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Amidst the unrest in Yemen, the East Bengal side will be traveling to TheAi??Prince Mohammed Stadium in Jordan, where they are scheduled to take on the champions of Yemen, Al-Oruba. After suffering four loses in all of their four group stage matches so far, East Bengal has already been knocked out of the competition and the Indian club will have only their pride at stake in their last away match of the 2012 AFC Cup..

Team News And Tactical Brief

Al-Oruba SC

Currently placed at third position in the group, the Yemeni club Al-Oruba still has a spot in knockout round of the AFC Cup well within their reach, and a win here over East Bengal will put immense pressure on both Arbil SC and KazmaSC; who are scheduled to take on each other later in the evening. The only win of the competition for the 2010-11 Yemeni League Champions came against East Bengal in their first match of the group stage at the Salt lake Stadium and Furia Roja would be hoping to inflict yet another defeat to the Red and Golds on Wednesday evening.

Their manager Mohammed Saleh Ali Al-Nufiay is expected to start with a 5-3-2 formation with striker duo of Sharyan and Naggar up ahead of the field. Al-Dhaibani is expected to join in Effiong Duke and Al-Ghazi in the middle of the pitch, they along with their fullbacks are bound to cause some serious concern to the side from Bengal. Wesah and Duglish will form the heart of their defense but their back line will have to be really careful with their tackles as almost all their defenders are just one booking away from suspension. Leading them in this crucial encounter will be their veteran goal-keeper MuaadhAi??Abdulkhalek, who despite being in forties has played a substantial role in his sideai??i??s success at the national and at the continental level.

Al-Oruba expected Line-up: Abdulkhalek [GK] (C), Wesah, Duglish, Zaidan, Alao, Al-Sabahi, Duke, Al-ghazi, Al-Dhaibani, Naggar, Sharyan

East Bengal FC

The Indian side would have a score to settle against the Yemeni club who defeated them at the Salt lake Stadium after a controversial penalty was awarded to the visitors barely seconds from half time whistle. Aussie striker Tolgay Ozbay and their British manager Trevor Morgan will be making a return to the team and will travel with the squad to Jordan after both of them missed their sideai??i??s previous encounter against Arbil SC after their respective governments had advised them against traveling to Iraq for the encounter.

Return of Tolgay means that the Aussie will most likely pair up with either Robin Singh or Edmilson at the top of the formation. Skipper Sanju Pradhan will marshal his troops from the middle of the pitch along with Mehtab, Khabra and the lethal Penn Orji who will be playing right behind the strikers. Okpara, Gurwinder Singh, Lalthalma and Saumik Dey will form the backbone of the visitorai??i??s defense with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu standing between the sticks for them. East Bengal will have nothing to lose and should go all out against their Yemeni opponents on Wednesday in order to pick up their first win of the competition.

A win here will act as a shot in the arm for the Indian club as far as their national league is concerned especially since they are involved in a four way battle for the runners up spot in the I-league.

Itai??i??s a battle between a club vying for a spot in the knockout stages versus a club who will have their pride on the line.Ai?? A win in this away encounter looks highly unlikely for the Indian side but if the Red and Golds play with their hearts on their sleeves, they are capable of springing up a surprise and can get their first points of the competition on the table.

East Bengal expected Line-up: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu [GK], Okpara, Gurwinder Singh, Lalthalma, Saumik Dey, Mehtab, Sanju (C), Khabra, Orji, Tolgay, Robin Singh

TheHardTackleai??i??s Men To Watch Out For: Adisa Aloa (Al-Oruba), Tolgay OzbeyAi??(East Bengal)

TheHardTackleai??i??s Prediction: East Bengal 0-1 Al-Oruba

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