Sporting Clube de Goa - United Sikkim FC Preview: Will Bhaichung's coaching debut turn out to be memorable?
Ekendra Singh's side will take on a United Sikkim who are on the back of a 10-1 mauling by Prayag United and under a new coach in Bhaichung Bhutia...
By Srinivasan Mohan
SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA
Clement, Samananda, Lourenco, Pereira;
UNITED SIKKIM SC
Attivi,Thupden, Ashish Chhetri,Machado;
Sporting Clube de Goa will be desperate to obtain three points as they take on a United Sikkim side that is in dire need of a confidence booster after being on the receiving end of a 10-1 scoreline at the hands of Prayag United. Sporting and United Sikkim lie in 10th and 11th places respectively in the league table with only goal difference separating the two.
Sporting have been boosted by the arrival of Nigerian junior international Anorue Obiora, who scored on his debut in their 3-2 loss to Mumbai FC. This will relieve the pressure of goalscoring from regular strikers Dawson and Victorino Fernandes.
The Goan side will also need to tighten things up at the back as they are one of the few clubs who have conceded more than 10 goals after just 5 games into the league season. This was seen when they threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Mumbai FC due to their makeshift backline.
United Sikkim will need to pick themselves up after being mauled by Prayag United. That defeat resulted in some managerial changes as former India captain and United Sikkim squad member Bhaichung Bhutia took over as player-manager. Phillipe de Ridder was promoted to a football director's role.
Bhaichung will need to use all his experience to rally his players and inspire them to bounce back against Sporting.
Sporting Clube de Goa: The Goans have a full strength side going into the fixture.
United Sikkim FC: Bhaichung Bhutia will be eligible to play this game as he completes his suspension, but United Sikkim's player-manager might bring in DG Attivi in place of Safar Sardar as the former was lively when he came on against Prayag United.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The two sides have only met once in 2011 when they were in the Second Division of the I-League. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
- Sporting's attacking midfielder Anoure Obiora had a brief stint at English side Crawley Town where he scored two goals in two appearances.
- United Sikkim's Michael Rodriguez was part of the Costa Rican squad for the 2006 World Cup but never saw any playing time.
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Top 3 Predictions
Sporting Clube de Goa 1-2 United Sikkim F.C.
- 20 %
Sporting Clube de Goa 0-8 United Sikkim F.C.
- 10 %
Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 United Sikkim F.C.
- 6.67 %
|I-League (I-L)||21-Apr-2013||United Sikkim F.C. 0 - Sporting Clube de Goa 3|
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|India - I-League Division 2 (IND2)||26-Apr-2011||Sporting Clube de Goa 1 - United Sikkim F.C. 1|
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|-||Ningthoujam Samananda Singh||Defender|
|18||Singam Rojen Singh||Defender|
|8||Ogba Kalu Nnanna||Midfielder|