A win for NorthEast will help them go level on points with fourth-placed Hyderabad FC and it's an opportunity they cannot waste if they have any ambitions of qualifying for the play-offs.
While Bengaluru FC keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been a bulwark at the back for both club and country, the recent struggles of the Blues team has opened up a window of opportunity for those in line
Goa suffered a setback when their defender Ivan Gonzalez got his marching orders for picking up a second yellow card in the 65th minute.
A lofted ball from substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway was met by the young striker but he could not divert the ball into the net despite being unmarked.
Roy Krishna, their main attacking outlet, scored five goals in his first six matches but since then, he has scored just one in the last five.
The Odisha FC boss also explained how his side managed to turn things around after conceding the goal in the first half against Hyderabad FC.
The 45-year-old Fowler, who scored over 180 goals for Liverpool, took over East Bengal in October and has taken fans of one of India’s biggest and oldest clubs for a roller-coaster ride so far.
While Bengaluru, who lie seventh, have managed just 13 points from 11 games, Kerala have 10 from 11 and are in tenth position.
When these two teams met in the reverse fixture back in November, it was Hyderabad who emerged victorious thanks to an Aridane winner.
The problem with Csaba Laszlo's team has been the fact that they have drawn most of their contests, five from 11, the second-most among all teams.
Goa head coach Juan Ferrando made the big call of leaving the league top-scorer Igor Angulo on the bench as he fielded the same eleven which beat Jamshedpur FC.
There is not a lot between the two sides at present. Jamshedpur are seventh, a point and a spot above NEUFC, with 13 points from 11 games. A win for either would put them in the top four.
Mumbai's attacking style under coach Sergio Lobera has been eye-catching. They have scored 17 goals, the highest in the competition so far.
The Kerala side kept troubling the Kolkata outfit with long balls and set-pieces and the 4-4-2 system which Kibu introduced in the last game was working well in this game.
Jorge Ortiz scored a brace while Ivan Gonzalez added one in the dying minutes to complete a dominant result.