NorthEast United FC
Koke (left) will be one of the key players for NorthEast United FC against FC Goa on SundayISL's official website

NorthEast United FC play hosts to FC Goa in the eighth fixture of the Indian Super League as both teams look to redeem themselves, following defeats in their last games.

NorthEast have already enjoyed bittersweet moments in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League, having recorded a win and a defeat in their opening fixtures against Kerala Blasters (0-1) and Atletico de Kolkata (2-0) respectively.

They were able to hold on to their narrow 1-0 lead against Kerala but the Guwahati-based outfit were beaten by the Sourav Ganguly-owned Kolkata team, despite putting up a brave fight.

NorthEast United boss Ricki Herbert insists that he would like to see his team attacking, rather than hoping to catch their opponents on the counter.

"I want them (the players) to be very aggressive with what they do. At times, it may give us a little bit of a concern, but I would rather see that in attack, in 14 games, than be a side that sits back and then hopefully get a goal on the break. It may work against us, but it's my responsibility. And I would rather see that," he told ISL's official website.

Though the John Abraham-owned team are not the strongest side in the Indian Super League, Herbert feels that his side can do well if they have a "little more focus".

"A lot of the sides have got very good players. I think it's important that we get a little more focus on what we are doing, and then maybe some attention on the players that we are yet to play.

"I'm concentrating on us. All the sides are going to present a tough challenge. I am the same and I can appreciate that. Sometimes you are going to have one or two players who are maybe going to be a little more exceptional. But for me, it's extracting as much as I can out of this very young team, and Sunday's not going to be an exception."

Meanwhile, Goa are still looking for their first win in the ISL, following the home defeat against Chennaiyin FC in their first fixture.

But Goa boss Zico, who accused Chennaiyin for employing negative tactics and being too physical, said that he was satisfied with his team's performances, claiming that his side played football and Marco Materazzi's side did not.

"Even though we lost the game, we played a very good match," Zico told ISL's official website.

On being quizzed whether Goa will be relying on Robert Pires to score against NorthEast United, Zico said: "Our team has to score, not just one player."

"We are creating opportunities, we are getting close to the opponent's goal many times, and we hope that one time, the ball can go into the goal."

Zico admitted that NorthEast will prove to be a very tough opponent on Sunday, despite them losing their last fixture against Kolkata.

"We know that we are going to find a very tough opponent. In the two games they [NorthEast United] have played, they showed that."

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled for a 7 pm IST (2.30 pm BST, 9.30 am ET) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports 3, Star Gold, Asianet Movies,Suvarna Channel and Jalsha Movies.

Viewers can also watch the eighth game of the ISL via live streaming online for free

US viewers can live stream the action onFoxSoccer2go, while Europe viewers can catch the action live on Eurosport or their online Player. Middle East and North Africa viewers can watch the game on Bein Sports or via live streaming on Bein Sports Connect.

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