Karim Bencherifa returns to Goa as he looks for his first win as Mohun Bagan coach when the Mariners face Armando Colaco's Dempo SC...
Naik, Gawli, Cresson, Roy;
Anthony, Romeo, Carvalho, Miranda;
N.Chettri, Khongjee, Wadoo, Biswajit;
Dempo will face a stern examination as Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan come calling under the helm of former Salgaocar manager Karim Bencherifa. The Goan side needed a last-minute Joaquim Abranches goal to see off the challenge of Air India and they will need a lot more to overcome the might of Mohun Bagan.
Armando Colaco's men were guilty of not taking their chances against Air India and they cannot afford to do the same against Bencherifa's men. They do lack a genuine finisher ever since the departure of Ranti Martins and the signing of Rohan Ricketts hasn't helped their cause one bit for whatever reasons.
Karim Bencherifa's first game in charge of the Mariners was not memorable as he expected it to be. The Kolkata side, despite taking an early lead, huffed and puffed against a determined Mumbai FC who were unlucky to only get a draw from the match. Bencherifa will look to address just why his side were defensively suspect against a physical Mumbai FC team. A side with multiple attacking options like Dempo will not be so merciful when a chance is there to be taken.
Moreover the Mariners' midfield was absent in the last game as the defenders merely resorted to thump the ball upfront for Odafa. There is genuine lack of width in their play and most of the work is done down the centre.
Dempo SC: Armando Colaco will recall goalkeeper Subhasish Roychowdhury into the starting XI after being rested against Air India. Veteran Climax Lawrence is unavailable due to a two-match ban. Romeo Fernandes may get a look in this time around after a cameo performance against Air India. Koko Sakibo is injured and is expected to return to action next month.
Mohun Bagan: Arindam Bhattacharya and Tolgay Ozbey are unavailable due to long-term injuries. Manish Maithani hasn't travelled with the squad due to a knock. Echezona Anyichie are nursing injuries too. Wadoo has recovered from his knock while Odafa Okolie has a bout of cold.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last five meetings between the two sides have been high scoring affairs (26 goals in total) with Dempo SC winning twice, drawing twice and losing to the Mariners once.
- Dempo SC striker Ryuji Sueoka played for Thailand Premier League side Bangkok United between 2008 and 2009.
- Karim Bencherifa is in his second stint with Mohun Bagan after having won the Federation Cup in his first.
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