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  • 8 January 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, Mahārāṣṭra

Air India - Salgaocar FC Preview: The Airmen will be looking to return the favour of the mauling in Goa

Air India - Salgaocar FC Preview: The Airmen will be looking to return the favour of the mauling in Goa


The Pilots will remember that they were beaten 4-0 in their away fixture with David Booth's side as Air India would look to restore some pride...


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Air India had lost to Salgaocar FC just two matchdays ago when the latter scored four goals past the defense of Anthony Fernandes' side in Goa. The Mumbai outfit's frontline was almost absent in the that encounter as they failed to test the Salgaocar rearguard.

Air India were on course for a much needed win last weekend after striker Junior Obagbemiro's strike had put them into the lead, but were however denied by an equaliser scored to the death by Sporting Clube de Goa's Victorino Fernandes.

The Air India strikers need to score

The previous notable instances when Air India have scored more than a goal was in their 4-1 victory over Mumbai FC and the dramatic 3-3 draw with United Sikkim among their outings from the last two months, which calls for their strikers to put on a better show.

On the other hand, Salgaocar FC have only recently registered their second victory in this campaign, the last of which was when the Goans found the back of the net four times at home against the very team they are going to face in an away tie on Tuesday.

David Booth will have to find a solution

The Green and Whites however haven't been among the renowned goalscoring sides of the current I-League term as they have managed to score a mere 12 goals, joint lowest in the league alongwith Shillong Lajong, in as many matches and have a goal difference of negative four.

Although numbers don't say everything about the way a team plays, they do highlight the results, which has been the case with Salgaocar. Things could have been different for them had they avoided conceding "silly" goals, as their coach would admit and count the number of goalscoring chances they have missed.


Air India: Goalkeeper Sukhwinder has picked an injury during the warm-up of the last match and will be replaced by Jagroop Singh. Sukhwinder might start on the bench, while Junior Obagbemiro is doubtful to start as the Nigerian striker has picked a slight niggle.

Salgaocar FC: Centre-back Luciano Sobrosa has not traveled to Pune as the Brazilian has been suffering from a hamstring injury, while the new foreigners in Josimar da Silva Martins and John Wilkinson have reportedly not yet been registered to play in the I-League.

  • The head-to-head between the two sides doesn't favour any team as both Air India and Salgaocar have won two matches each and drawn once in their last five encounters.
  • Air India have scored as many goals Salgaocar have conceded (16) so far, but have allowed almost double (23) of the number of goals scored by the Goan outfit.
  • The round 13 match between Salgaocar FC and Air India was the first I-League fixture to be played at Goa's Duler stadium.

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