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  • 23 November 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal

Prayag United - Salgaocar FC Preview: Can Eelco Schattorie make it three wins in a row?

Prayag United - Salgaocar FC Preview: Can Eelco Schattorie make it three wins in a row?

With David Booth being winless in his two games in charge, he will be up against Schattorie's Prayag United who will look to continue their winning streak at the cost of the Goans.


Deepak, Rasaq, Gouramangi, Dey;
Shylo, Hernandez, Asif,Lalkamal, Vineeth;

Nicolau, Luciano, Rahul, Collin;
Gilbert, Randeep, Jacobs, Rocus, Francis;
Sean Rooney

Although both Prayag United and Salgaocar FC have seen a change in managers, their fates could not be more different. While Eelco Schattorie has picked up two relatively comfortable victories in his first two matches in charge, gaining maximum points and lifting Prayag to second in the table, Salgaocar boss David Booth has lost both the matches he has been at the helm of the Goan side.

Eelco Schattorie will be happy that his side won against the Arrows side, even with his two star men, Carlos Hernandez and Ranti Martins looking off colour during the match. Lalkamal Bhowmick's last gasp goal and  moreover his overall reading of the match will delight him even more as he has made the former Mohun Bagan medio a part of the first team after his predecessor had resigned him to the bench.

Can Prayag win even when Carlos and Ranti are off colour?

Eelco will look to start with an unchanged squad as he looks to keep up the momentum and make it three wins in a row, to keep up the pressure on league leaders East Bengal. A win will also see them temporarily rise to the I-League summit.

This will be an uphill task for David Booth to motivate his boys as they had been soundly beaten by Mohun Bagan last time around and had looked toothless in front of goal. The Englishman, who had enjoyed a stellar spell with Mumbai FC, will have his task cut out and will primarily push for an away point.

Quinton Jacobs needs to dictate play for the Greens

For that to happen, his midfield needs to click and Quinton Jacobs who looked sharp early on in the game against the Mariners, needs to link up well with the striker up front.

David Booth is expected to set up with his usual 4-5-1 formation to negate the attacking threat of Prayag United. Although a two striker strategy will result in more attacking impetus, it might make them dangerously prone to being torn apart by Prayag's ruthless forwards.

With Salgaocar officials being more concerned about Karim Bencherifa on the eve of their game, the aura coming out of the team isn't very positive.


Prayag United: Prayag United will be in full force and coach Eelco Schattorie is expected to have all his players available for selection.

Salgaocar FC: Having no injuries, an unchanged eleven is expected from the one that lost to Mohun Bagan.

  • David Booth had won the inaugral FPAI Manager of the Year, for leading Mumbai FC to a creditable 7th placed finish in their debut season.
  • Eelco Schattorie has had coaching experience at the highest level including VVV Venlo and also in Middle East and Africa with Red Bull.
  • In the last five encounters between these two teams, Salgaocar have been completely dominant as they won four and drew one. Their last victory was in the Federation Cup 2012.

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