The two teams are just a point apart from each other and come face-to-face in a round 12 I-League encounter on Saturday...Mohammedan Sporting aren't in top form this season and will be coming in this game from a boring goalless draw against Mohun Bagan.
Having scored a mere 10 goals, the Black and Whites have trouble upfront despite having the likes of Josimar da Silva Martins who is among the top scorers in the league with seven goals to his name, while Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey - with one goal to his name - is yet to hit top form.
Mohammedan have strengthened themselves efensively as Luciano Sobrosa has been a rock at the back ably supported by Mehrajuddin Wadoo. The availability of Nirmal Chettri will give coach Bola Moshood further options to choose from.
Moshood has stated that his side has to be well prepared before facing the Goan side.
"We have seen them (Dempo) and we need to be prepared. Every team has ups and down. We are going by the same, but you have to overcome it professionally. We will go through our errors and try to rectify," he said.
Beto has been an instrumental figure for Dempo in the last match in which he scored the opener against Pune FC, but Moshood admitted that he has no special arrangements for the Brazilian. "He (Beto) is also a player. I am not thinking about a player. I am thinking about the team."
Just like their Kolkatan counterparts, Dempo SC are also having trouble scoring goals, despite creating several opportunities for their strikers.
Arthur Papas' men have beaten the likes of East Bengal in an away fixture and will be hoping to emulate the performance against Mohammedan.
Dempo striker Billy Mehmet has only managed to score once in the eight matches that he featured before the Irishman was released by the club. Asked whether he'll be missing the player's physical presence on the field, Papas replied, "Not really, to be honest, because whoever comes in, I'll give him the same instructions that I've given to anyone who played before."
"There's all to look forward to, but it's gotta come soon. With just 14 games to go in this season, you look where you're at at the half-way point of the season. We still have two odd games before that point. We're not where we want to be, but the boys are working hard," the Australian added.
The Golden Eagles have an advantage over Mohammedan Sporting as Dempo SC have defeated the latter in the last five meetings between themselves.
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