Bottom placed NEUFC looking for full points in next five matches

NorthEast United FC will be a refreshed unit, as they face their first encounter in 2022, after a much needed 9-day break, against Jamshedpur FC in matchday 51 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season on Thursday at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

The Highlanders will look to put their past performances behind and start 2022 on a good note. Jamshedpur FC too, would not be very pleased with their recent performances, having won none of their last three matches. Today’s match will start at 7:30 PM IST. It will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.

NEUFC, this season has been all about injury concerns and failing to convert opportunities. Their inconsistent run has hurt them badly, but the unit is playing with a positive attitude and looking to change things around. NEUFC Head Coach Khalid Jamil does not want to give a lot of thought to the past games and is only looking ahead. Before the match, he said, “We’re already thinking about the next game, and we should not think about the past or the future, we must think about the present: the game we’re playing against Jamshedpur FC. So, it’s best to think about this, and after that, we’ll fight for everything, and it will be fine very soon.”

Jamil also believes that the break was much required and will help their game. He said, “Yes, we’re ready to play, we used this break for recovery because we played continuous matches and we got this time. It was particularly good for the team, mentally and physically also. So, we are prepared for this match.”

Deshorn Brown is in red hot form, after his splendid hat-trick against Mumbai City FC and will be key to NEUFC’s chances in this match as well. Both teams have faced each other eight times. Jamshedpur FC won two of these matches while NEUFC won once. The rest of the matches have ended in a draw.

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