In yet another Goan derby in the I-League, second-placed Churchill Brothers take on Sporting who have been in a poor run of form…
Franco, Najjarine, Ravanan, Saran;
Tomba, Beto, Lenny, Bineesh;
SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA
Samananda, Matthew, Boubacar, Borges;
Freiman, Kalu, Shirodkar, Martins;
Churchill Brothers are back in Goa after having played their last four games away from home. At the Fatorda Stadium, the Red Machines have been a clinical lot winning three of the four matches, with the one defeat coming on the opening day of the I-League to Dempo SC.
Under the tutelage of Subhash Bhowmick, the technical director, Churchill have looked a formidable outfit. They have had the second best defence in the league only after East Bengal having conceded just eight goals.
While there has been a lot of gaga about the attacking threat that they possess, Churchill have scored the least number of goals among teams in the top six this season.
Bhowmick would hope that this players take their opportunities instead of being wasteful in front of goal.
Sporting Clube de Goa would have that the appointment of Oscar Bruzon might change their fortunes. They have been on a downward spiral having lost to the likes of Pailan Arrows, Pune FC and Air India.
Under Bruzon, the Flaming Oranje did well to come back into the game after having gone down by two goals in the away fixture against ONGC to share the spoils.
Like most teams in the lower half of the table, Sporting have found it difficult to score goals, which is very much unlike their performance from last season where they would score for fun.
They are in desperate need for points and any more stumbling would see them drop into the relegation zone mid-way through the season.
Churchill Brothers: Bhowmick will look to retain the same side that got the better of Pailan Arrows last week. Bilal Najjarine will be back in contention to start after missing out on the last game.
Sporting Clube de Goa: The Goans haven’t been in the best of forms and we might see a few changes in personnel at the back.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Sporting Clube de Goa have scored the second most least number of goals in the I-League this season alongside Mohun Bagan - 11.
- Sporting have won just a single home game this season.
- Churchill's Lebanese striker Akram Moghrabi had scored 85 times in 159 appearances for Lebanese club Nejmeh for whom his brother Ahmed currently plays
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