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Churchill Brothers SC - United Sikkim FC Preview: The Red Machines appear clear favourites in the tie
League leaders Churchill Brothers square off against United Sikkim FC who sit at the bottom of the league. Can the North Eastern club pull off a major upset?
By Abhishek Nair
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC
Franco, Najjarine, Ravanan, Yumnam;
Dias, Lenny, Dinesh, Balmuchu;
UNITED SIKKIM FC
Jhingan, Farid, Anwar, Das;
Bhutia, Sardar, Machado, Lugun;
It's going to be a tough trip to Goa for Nathan Hall's men as they take on the best team so far in the I-League this season. Churchill Brothers will view this as another opportunity to stretch their lead at the top as they take on an opposition low on morale.
Hall would have been impressed by his wards' offensive performance in the last game but will hope for better finishing from his front men as a lot of opportunities were wasted by the Snow Lions in the last match. There will not be any respite for the North Eastern club as they face a daunting task of keeping the likes of Moghrabi, Beto and Antchouet at bay.
|Can Nathan Hall's side pull off a surprise?|
Churchill have been in prime form winning their last four matches and in some fashion. Mariano Dias will be confident of three points against the minnows but will ensure his wards do not get complacent against their lowly opponents. Churchill lead the pack and Dias would not want any slip at this crucial stage as the Churchill fans would be expecting yet another comprehensive victory for their team.
Churchill Brothers SC: After coming off the bench and scoring a second half brace, the only selection worry for Subhash Bhowmick and Mariano Dias could be if Henri Antchouet should start ahead of Akram Moghrabi.
United Sikkim FC: DPR Korea Goalkeeper Yoon Tae may start for the Snow Lions after he was replaced by Monotosh Ghosh in the last game.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Churchill have been prolific when it comes to scoring goals as they lead the table not only with points, but also goals scored with their tally of 35 goals this season already.
- United Sikkim FC hold the miserable record of having lesser points than games played. They have played a total of 14 games for their 10 points and hence lie at the bottom of the league.
- This will be USFC coach Nathan Hall's first I-League match in Goa.
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Top 3 Predictions
Churchill Brothers SC 8-0 United Sikkim F.C.
- 27.27 %
Churchill Brothers SC 1-2 United Sikkim F.C.
- 18.18 %
Churchill Brothers SC 3-0 United Sikkim F.C.
- 18.18 %
|I-League (IND1)||13-Jan-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 2 - United Sikkim F.C. 1|
|I-League (IND1)||02-Dec-2012||United Sikkim F.C. 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 0|
|Churchill Brothers SC|
|12-May-2013||Air India F.C. 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 3||IND1|
|07-May-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 1 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 1||IND1|
|01-May-2013||Semen Padang 3 - Churchill Brothers SC 1||AC|
|24-Apr-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 0 - Kitchee SC 4||AC|
|21-Apr-2013||Mohun Bagan A.C. 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 2||IND1|
|United Sikkim F.C.|
|12-May-2013||United Sikkim F.C. 0 - Mohun Bagan A.C. 3||IND1|
|08-May-2013||East Bengal F.C. 6 - United Sikkim F.C. 0||IND1|
|21-Apr-2013||United Sikkim F.C. 0 - Sporting Clube de Goa 3||IND1|
|13-Apr-2013||Salgaocar F.C. 9 - United Sikkim F.C. 0||IND1|
|27-Mar-2013||United Sikkim F.C. 5 - Air India F.C. 0||IND1|
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|10||Roberto Mendes Da Silva||Midfielder|
|18||Thangjam Saran Singh||Defender|
|16||John Landa Matkin||Midfielder|