After succumbing in the 12-goal thriller in their earlier clash this season, Sporting will look to score in excess of their Goan rivals on Friday...
SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA
Samananda, Mathew, Joyner, Rovan;
Shirodkar, Kalu, Berlanga, Jovel;
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC
Franco, Balmuchu, Ravanan, Yumnam;
Dias, Lenny, Bikramjit, Tomba;
Sporting Clube de Goa got their act together with a tinge of Spanish touch in their last game against Salgaocar FC which they won 2-0 as their new recruit Angel Berlanga scored on debut.
It wasn't a pretty ride for Oscar Barreras' men however, as Sporting's previous win before the last one was only registered six matches ago when they beat Prayag United SC 3-1 in Kolkata, which suggests that a top side is no exception to end up on the losing side against the Panjim-based outfit.
|Churchill Brothers will be determined to stay atop
Churchill Brothers SC, at one point held a seven-point lead over East Bengal which the latter has closed down to two points, although the Red Machines have the advantage of two matches in hand.
Mariano Dias' men will also be looking to turn all stones before they begin with their AFC Cup run later this season, before which Churchill would want to accumulate as many points on the I-League table in order to ease the pressure which piles when the two competitions running simultaneously.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Dawson Fernandes and Joseph Pereira are doubtful, while Sporting has roped in their second Spaniard player in Juan Fransico Garcia Pena (Juanfri). To comply with the four foreigners rule, New Guinean defender Keita Boubacar was released by the club. Midfielder Jovel Martins and left back Rovan Pereira will be available for selection after returning from suspension.
Churchill Brothers SC: Churchill's attempt to replace their Lebanese defender Bilal Najjarin, who jumped for a lucrative offer from Fujairah FC in UAE, with Dutchman Bas van den Brink is still in the pipeline and the move is expected to be completed by early next week. Bikramjit Singh returns from suspension while Beto is back in contention for a start after recovering from a finger injury. Tomba Singh, Denzil Franco and Bineesh Balan also return from the injuries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Churchill Brothers by far have scored the most number of goals (40) in the league and have the best goal difference average (26) among the 14 competitors.
- The last time the two sides met, Churchill Brothers had scored eight goals against Sporting Clube de Goa who replied with four goals of their own.
- Churchill Brothers have conceded more goals at home (11) than while playing away (3), which is not the case with Sporting Clube de Goa (12:19).
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