Both Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo SC will be looking for a win to improve their standing on the league table...
Sporting Clube de Goa are all set to face their third Goan rivals in successive fixtures after clinching the derby against Salgaocar FC with a 1-0 win and losing out to Churchill Brothers in a five-goal thriller in the previous match day.
The Flaming Oranje have climbed to an impressive third place after round 12 and will be looking to strengthen their hold at the top.
"The objectives have not been modified. This season we have set a target of a top five finish and in the next one a top three. The idea is working and there is a tendency to improve," Sporting coach Oscar Bruzon told Goal.
"Goan derbies are exciting and show different kind of styles. They are very interesting with experienced and young players eager to play. We have performed well against Dempo this year in the Panjim derby. I do miss support with regards to the number of spectators. That is a challenge and all of us are already working towards increasing Sporting's fan base," he added.
Midfielder Rowlling Borges has picked four yellow cards and hence is automatically suspended for the tie, while Bruzon insists that he will go easy with Mackroy Peixoto, Stephene Barreto and Joseph Pereira who are recovering from their injuries.
Dempo SC are still placed in the bottom half of the table, having so far accumulated only two wins and six draws that convert to 12 points from 11 matches.
With head coach Arthur Papas back in Australia for personal reasons, his assistant in Mauricio Afonso will once again take charge of the Golden Eagles.
"There are a lot of injuries in the side. Peter [Carvalho] did not play in Kolkata. Simon [Colosimo] is injured, [Shinnosuke] Honda is injured, Samir [Naik] is injured," rued Afonso.
Beto had to be taken off after 14 minutes against Mohammedan Sporting - which ended in a goalless draw.
"He (Beto) played only for 13 or 14 minutes in the last match. It was an inner thigh injury but he jogged today without complaining," Afonso gave an update on the Brazilian's recovery.
"We (Dempo) started badly, no doubt. The team is playing well right now, I can say that, and I'm hoping that we can do better and better," he signed out on a positive note.
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