Kolkata: An exciting battle will be on the cards tomorrow when leaders Dempo take on a resurgent East Bengal who will look to exploit the home conditions in the round nine I-League fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

On top of the standings with five points clear of East Bengal, Dempo on the other hand will be cautious not to drop points, as return of national players in the respective squads will add more spice to the match.

"It is an important match for us. We have to win this match and then we can close the gap on table toppers Dempo," East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan said.

The return of midfielder Alan Gow from Scotland has bolstered East Bengal's attack.

Gow was seen at the practise session this morning but it's unlikely that he would figure in the first XI.

Dempo coach Armando Colaco will have a full team to choose from and he said there was no added pressure.

"East Bengal are a good team, but this is not a do or die match for us. We will obviously go in to get the full three points, but if we cannot do that than it's not the end of the world."

Asked about East Bengal forward Tolgay Ozbey's sublime form, Colaco said: "We are a confident team and are well equipped, it is not a concern for us. Even Ranty Martins is in good form for us."

Arrows hold United SC in I-League

United SC wasted easy chances and were held to a goalless draw by Pailan Indian Arrows in a ninth round I-League match at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Wednesday.

The only unbeaten team in the ongoing I-League, United SC had a full strength squad at their disposal with two foreigners in Joshimar da Silva Martins and Yusif Yakubu, but the duo missed a couple of chances in the first half to let the team down.

The developmental team from AIFF, who have suffered five losses from nine matches, on the other hand, would be happy to earn a point.

Both teams came into the second half looking for a victory but were able to create any significant opportunity.

United SC now have 17 points while Arrows have five.

(Agencies)