Semen Padang - Churchill Brothers SC Preview: Low priority match for both the sides
With no hopes of qualification, the Red Machines will play a weakened side as their priority lies in the domestic league competition...
By Anselm Noronha
Setya, Wiji, Maulana, Ardilles;
Aiboy, Mofu, Rizal, Bayauw;
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC
Saran, Balmuchu, Naveen, Yumnam;
Dias, Jaison, Asley, Gurung;
Semen Padang have already made it through from the Group E, as the Indonesian side has earned 13 points from five matches. The other team who have confirmed their spot in the round of 16 is Kitchee SC from Hong Kong, who beat Churchill Brothers 4-0 in the last match.
The Indonesian Premier League outfit are unbeaten in the group stage, besides Iraqi side Arbil SC in Group B, and stand the opportunity to qualify to the knock-out phase unbeaten, a day after East Bengal achieved the feat this season in Group H.
Meanwhile, with their eyes set on the I-League title, Churchill Brothers have deliberately travelled with a large number of second string players in order to keep their regular starters fit for the important league match against Mohun Bagan on Saturday.
Players like Beto, Sunil Chhetri, Lamine Tamba, Henri Antchouet, Denzil Franco, Lenny Rodrigues and Dharmaraj Ravanan have hence been left out of the squad.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Semen Padang's only other appearance in the Asian level saw them finish as quarterfinalists in the 1993-94 Asian Cup Winners Cup.
- Churchill Brothers SC are enroute towards winning their second I-League title, for which they need a point from two matches.
- Among their various other groups of supporters, Semen Padang's most renowned group is called Spartacks.
- Churchill Brothers head coach Mariano Dias is attending a coaching refresher coarse in Germany, in the absense of whom Willy Moraes is taking the calls.
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Top 3 Predictions
Semen Padang 3-0 Churchill Brothers SC
- 25.63 %
Semen Padang 8-0 Churchill Brothers SC
- 14.31 %
Semen Padang 3-1 Churchill Brothers SC
- 11.77 %
|AFC Cup (AC)||01-May-2013||Semen Padang 3 - Churchill Brothers SC 1|
|AFC Cup (AC)||12-Mar-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 2 - Semen Padang 2|
|09-Mar-2014||Semen Padang 0 - Persita Tangerang 1||ISL|
|21-Feb-2014||Pelita Jaya Purwakarta 1 - Semen Padang 1||ISL|
|16-Feb-2014||Persib Bandung 1 - Semen Padang 2||ISL|
|08-Feb-2014||Persija Jakarta 2 - Semen Padang 0||ISL|
|05-Feb-2014||Semen Padang 2 - PS Barito Putera 0||ISL|
|Churchill Brothers SC|
|08-Mar-2014||Bengaluru FC 3 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|25-Feb-2014||Persipura Jayapura 2 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||AC|
|21-Feb-2014||Mohun Bagan A.C. 2 - Churchill Brothers SC 2||I-L|
|18-Feb-2014||East Bengal F.C. 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|11-Feb-2014||Churchill Brothers SC 1 - Rangdajied United F.C. 0||I-L|
|10||Vendry Ronaldo Mofu||Midfielder|
|19||Yoseph Ostanika Malau||Striker|
|17||Muhammad Nur Iskandar||Striker|
|-||Arifan Fitra Masril||Striker|
|2||Sudhakaran Naveen Kumar||Defender|
|18||Thangjam Saran Singh||Defender|