It's a strange sight for Salgaocar who are sitting among the bottom five teams in the I-League standings as they face a definite uphill task...
Nicolau, Augustin, Rahul, Collin;
Gilbert, Randeep, Jacobs, Rocus, Beevan;
Naik, Rowilson, Gawli, Roy;
Romeo, Carvalho, Climax, Nicolau;
Salgaocar FC are yet to move into double figures, having earned just six points from eight matches in the I-League competition, while a win on Saturday will still keep them in the bottom half of the table.
The misery doesn't end here for David Booth as his side have so far managed just one win besides their three draws, and even worse being the team who has scored the least number of goals (six) among all the 14 teams participating in the league.
|There's a lot of catching up to do for the Greens
Salgaocar's attacking problems just get serious with the uncertainty of Francis Fernandes to make it in the playing 11 against Dempo, while at the other end of the pitch, captain Luciano Sobrosa has also picked up an injury.
It thus suggests that the onus will remain of the rest of the pack to pull up their socks if they want to move into a respectable position on the table.
|Armando Colaco wary of Salgaocar
Dempo SC might have suffered an away defeat to ONGC FC two rounds earlier, but following their thrashing of Mohun Bagan, Armando Colaco's side seem to be back to their best.
Injuries could be the only thing holding back the defending I-League champions from unleashing their full potential, but with ample and effective replacements in hand the task doesn't look all that distant.
Salgaocar FC: David Booth has confirmed that Luciano Sobrosa and Francis Fernandes have slight niggles and their inclusion could be decided only after a late fitness test, while Philippines striker Angel Guirado will remain unavailable as he is on national team duty at the AFF Suzuki Cup.
Dempo SC: Clifford Miranda and Anthony Pereira are doubtful to starters with Nicolau Borges and Romeo Fernandes likely to replace the duo on the left and right flanks respectively, while midfielder Climax Lawrence will return after serving his two-match ban.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Dempo SC has beaten Salgaocar FC seven times in the last 15 encounters between the two sides, with the former scoring as many as 24 goals.
- David Booth has not won a single match with Salgaocar FC, after taking charge from Karim Bencherifa.
- Dempo SC have a 100% record in their home matches of the I-League 2012-13 season so far.
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