After a goalless affair in the first North-easter I-League derby, a result is what both teams will be looking for in their current state of affairs...
SHILLONG LAJONG FC
Mawia, Passah, Son, Shadap;
Lallawmzuala, Haokip, Hmar, Jibon;
UNITED SIKKIM FC
Farid, Jhingan, Ali, Das;
Lugun, Zenith, Tamang, Machado;
Following the sacking of Desmond Bulpin, and now under interim coach Thangboi Singto, Shillong Lajong's last match against Air India ended in a 2-2 draw. It took twin goals from debutant Sho Kamimura who won them a point from the tie.
Lajong FC have endured a poor season as their most recent win in the league only being registered 11 matches ago.
Currently with 16 points on the board from 18 matches, SLFC have eight matches in hand to do what it takes to survive the relegation blushes this season, while Lajong FC had done just about enough to stay in the elite list in the last term.
|They both know how important a win is!
United Sikkim are also fighting against the tide to stay afloat in the league and are only able to keep their necks above the water for now .
The Snow Lions have witnessed contrasting results in their first I-League campaign, from being beaten 10-1 and 7-0 by Prayag United SC and Dempo SC respectively to recently holding the likes of Mohun Bagan to a stalemate to registering a victory against Salgaocar FC on matchday one.
It may be considered a tall order for United Sikkim, but in a sport and if you ask their head coach Nathan Hall who claims to be satisfied with his side's efforts, it can never be too late until it can be mathematically impossible for them to stay above the relegation zone.
Shillong Lajong FC: Eugeneson Lyngdoh will miss the match due to a suspension. Meanwhile, Renedy Singh, Govin Singh and Chitrasen Singh are ruled out with injuries.
United Sikkim FC: Spanish footballer Pablo Rodriguez Aracil has signed up with United Sikkim FC until the remainder of this I-League season and will be available for the derby.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- In the two games that Shillong Lajong FC and United Sikkim FC have competed in before, it was a draw in both encounters.
- Shillong Lajong FC have scored 13 of their 16 goals playing at home.
- United Sikkim FC have conceded as many as 29 of their 38 goals away from home.
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