The Goan side will look to ride on their positive momentum against Bhaichung Bhutia's dream team which needs a win at all costs...
Nicolau, Luciano, Augustin, Cardozo;
Randeep, Francis, Lamare, Anthony;
UNITED SIKKIM FC
Farid, Jhingan, Anwar, Lugun;
Thupden, Ansari, Matkin, Machado;
Salgaocar FC have come a long way from struggling among the bottom sides of the table to fighting for a respectable mid-table finish in this season's I-League, all thanks to the club's dealings in the January transfer window which brought about the difference.
David Booth will have the liberty of sending both Josimar and Gabriel Obatola, who returns from suspension, in the attack. The Englishman might however have to leave out John Wilkinson from the starting line-up to field Luciano Sobrosa as the third foreigner.
|Salgaocar's defense has been among the best in the bottom half
United Sikkim FC have an indenting task ahead of them if they want to survive in the top tier of Indian football following their maiden adventure in the I-League, and may that include by winning all of their remaining fixtures.
Nathan Hall's side did register their first win under the Australian when the Snow Lions thrashed Air India 5-0, United Sikkim's second win overall in the competition, as they embrace the rock bottom spot with 15 points from 22 matches. Salgaocar meanwhile are ninth, with 27 points from 23 rounds.
Salgaocar FC: Nigerian striker Gabriel Obatola returns from suspension, but one among the available foreigners might have to give way for the other with John Wilkinson being the most likely to be replaced by Luciano Sobrosa.
United Sikkim FC: No suspension and injury worries means that Nathan Hall can choose his best starting line-up and set of reserves for the tie.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Salgaocar FC, other than Pailan Arrows, are the only I-League outfit to have an Indian player as their top scorer.
- United Sikkim's America national John Landa Matkin (in photo) has both Mexican and Guam heritages and represented Guam in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.
- Both Salgaocar FC and United Sikkim FC have most frequently scored only one goal in their home and away matches respectively.
- United Sikkim FC had beaten Salgaocar FC 3-2 in the first round of the I-League.
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