Can Ekendra Singh and his men build on the victory against United Sikkim FC and condemn the young Arrows' side to yet another morale crushing loss?
Rovan, Samananda, Lourenco, Pereira;
Naryan, Shouvik, Deepak, Kotal;
Prabir, Milan, Pronay, Rajinder;
Sporting Clube de Goa seems to have found a replacement to their missing link upfront as James Moga had joined Pune FC, after a hugely successful first season with the Flaming Oranje. New Japanese recruit Seiya Susighita had a delightful debut against the Snow Lions, scoring one and assisting another. This was after Bertrand Bong had been discarded, after he had failed to impress in the pre-season.
However Pailan Arrows will certainly be a tougher nut to crack, as under Australian Arthur Papas' tutelage, the AIFF developmental side have looked an organized lot who clearly believe in themselves.
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Sporting Clube de Goa will be expected to line up in their usual 4-3-3 formation with Anoure Obiora will look to play just behind the front two of Dawson Fernandes and the Japanese striker.
Arthur Papas was clearly disappointed with the nature of the loss against Prayag United but credited his side for a resilient performance even when up against players like Ranti Martins and Carlos Hernandez who had orchestrated a 10-1 thumping of United Sikkim FC.
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The duo of Alwyn George and Holicharan Narzary upfront, though devoid of goals off late, look great together as they play off each other like seasoned pros. Meanwhile the defense looks strong especially with central defenders Deepak Devrani and Shouvik Ghosh building a telepathic understanding among themselves.
Wide midfielder Rajinder Kumar has impressed as he has shown expertise to play on both flanks and will link up with Alwyn or Narzary as the Pailan side play a fluid system under Papas.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Ekendra Singh finally has the foreign players at his disposal to pick from as Obiora and Seiya both look to be named in the starting lineup. Keita Boubacar will be also available for selection.
Pailan Arrows: Promising youngster Shilton D'Silva who was making his recovery from an injury has been ruled out for the whole season after aggravating his knee further. However Papas will have the rest of the squad at his disposal and might give Tirthankar Sarkar a start, who had impressed against Prayag United, after coming on.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Arthur Papas formerly coached India U-22 side and led them to some promising results in the AFC U-22 Championship qualifiers.
- In the two matches that both these teams met, Sporting Clube de Goa have won one and drawn the other.
- Pailan Arrows were unbeaten for four rounds of the I-League before losses to Pune FC and Prayag United have slightly derailed their positive start.
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