Sporting Clube de Goa - Air India Preview: The Goan side will look to end their bad luck
The two teams languishing in the bottom half of the table will look for a win on Sunday evening...
By Anselm Noronha
SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA
Adil, Mathew, Boubacar, Rovan;
Freiman, Kalu, Shirodkar, Martins;
Baldip, Bheke, Prem Kumar, Gagandeep;
Vijith, Souvik, Micky, Mohanraj;
Currently placed 11th on the I-League chart with just seven points from eight matches, Sporting Clube de Goa are not enjoying the best of runs and would definitely be looking to garner a victory.
Ekendra Singh's foreign contingen are also yet to provide their contribution to the Flaming Oranje in the way of positive results, although Japanese sensation Seiya Sugishita has been decent. Ogba Kalu Nnanna and Anorue Obiora Richard haven't yet set the stage on fire.
|Can Sporting make light work of Air India?
Sporting's top scorer Dawson Fernandes, who has scored five goals for his side so far, also hasn't got his name to the scoresheet for almost a month since he last scored against Mumbai FC on 9 November.
The Flaming Oranje have been on the receiving end of some questionable refereeing lately when Victorino Fernandes was needlessly sent-off against Pailan Arrows, while the last match against Pune FC had several gaffes on the part of the match official.
However, a couple of players like Adil Khan and Keita Boubacar returning to complete match fitness could boost the morale for the Goan side as they take on Air India.
|Do the Pilots have any hope of a going up in the table?
Following their 4-2 win over ONGC FC, which has been the only three points that Air India have managed to pick in the league from seven matches, the Mumbai-based team managed to earn a point from their last match against United Sikkim FC that ended in a 3-3 draw.
Although the Airmen have a match in hand, since their round six match of the I-League against Pune FC was postponed to a future date yet to be announced, the four points from seven matches doesn't speak highly of their abilities.
Sporting Clube de Goa: There are no reported injuries to the squad while Victorino Fernandes will return after serving his one-match ban for the red card he picked against Pailan Arrows.
Air India: Care-taker Anthony Fernandes has claimed that he wouldn't be looking to change his squad from the one that last played against United Sikkim FC while head coach Godfrey Pereira's "monetary issues" with the club are yet to be sorted out.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 10th placed Sporting Clube de Goa (8-16) have a similar goal-difference with bottom-placed Air India (9-17).
- Sporting Clube de Goa hold the slight edge over Air India in the last five head-to-head matches, the former winning and drawing twice and losing once.
- Air India beat Sporting Clube de Goa by a margin of 3-1 in the last home match of the Goan hosts.
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Top 3 Predictions
Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 Air India F.C.
- 16.67 %
Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 Air India F.C.
- 16.67 %
Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0 Air India F.C.
- 16.67 %
|I-League (I-L)||05-Jan-2013||Air India F.C. 1 - Sporting Clube de Goa 1|
|I-League (I-L)||02-Dec-2012||Sporting Clube de Goa 0 - Air India F.C. 1|
|I-League (I-L)||05-Apr-2012||Air India F.C. 0 - Sporting Clube de Goa 2|
|I-League (I-L)||14-Dec-2011||Sporting Clube de Goa 1 - Air India F.C. 3|
|India - Federation Cup (INDF)||18-Sep-2011||Sporting Clube de Goa 2 - Air India F.C. 1|
|Sporting Clube de Goa|
|01-Dec-2013||Salgaocar F.C. 0 - Sporting Clube de Goa 1||I-L|
|28-Nov-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 3 - Sporting Clube de Goa 2||I-L|
|23-Nov-2013||Bengaluru FC 0 - Sporting Clube de Goa 0||I-L|
|05-Nov-2013||Sporting Clube de Goa 1 - East Bengal F.C. 1||I-L|
|02-Nov-2013||Sporting Clube de Goa 2 - Pune FC 0||I-L|
|-||Ningthoujam Samananda Singh||Defender|
|7||Freiman Mauricio Peixoto||Midfielder|
|8||Ogba Kalu Nnanna||Midfielder|
|10||Elijah Obagbemiro Junior||Striker|
|29||V. Prem Kumar||Defender|
|13||Ong Teshering Lepcha||Midfielder|
|15||Johny Chand Singh||Midfielder|
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