The Kerala outfit held Pune FC to a draw in their last match and will try to repeat their heroics against Churchill Brothers in the fixture.
After registering a win over United Sports Club, Churchill Brothers will be trying to give their hopes to make it into the final four a major boost as they gear up for the Eagles FC challenge on Friday.
Following a disastrous start in the I-League where they are placed at the bottom of the table, the Red Machines scored two quick goals in their opening tie. The addition of Trinidad and Tobago world cupper Anthony Wolfe and the goal-scoring form of Balwant Singh has only helped their cause.
In the midfield, Alesh Sawant and Abdelhamid Shabana will be trying to feed the strikers with quality balls while Lenny Rodrigues will be employed as a pivot to marshal the Churchill midfield.
In the absence of technical director Subhash Bhowmick, coach Mariano Dias will call the shots.
“We have to be on our toes in the next game as the home crowd shall support Eagles,” said Dias.
Eagles FC were impressive against Pune FC and could have even won the game after a top display in the first half. With a rare blend of youth and experience in their side, they have the potential to stage another upset.
Sushil Singh needs to pull up his socks and start scoring if the club hope to progress from the group. The Manipuri striker was a disappointment, similar to his earlier stints where he tends to miss the goal scoring chances that come his way.
Gouranga Biswas was a livewire against Pune and Churchill need to wary of the winger. Goalkeeper Jagroop Singh had a mixed outing and coach Stanley Rosario will expect the youngster to put in a consistent shift on Friday which is the need of the hour.
The presence of defender Charles Dzisah and striker Koko Sakibo will be reassuring. Govin Singh is nursing an injury and looks a doubtful starter.
Stanley Rosario, the coach of the Kerala side has employed a 4-4-2 formation but would like to amend it for the game against the reigning I-League champions.
“The boys are confident and we will look to attack,” said Rosario.