Pailan Arrows - Salgaocar FC Preview: Arthur Papas' side aim to climb up the ladder

The All India Football Federation's (AIFF) developmental side will look to consolidate further and end their season on a high...

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Although Arthur Papas won't be present on the technical bench for the Arrows on Saturday having gone due to personal reasons, the Australian has done his fair best in moulding the youngsters into top quality players, some of whom are reportedly ready to take on a fresh or bigger challenge next season.

Pailan Arrows, currently 11th in the standings with 23 points, have the opportunity to displace 10th placed Shillong Lajong FC but only if the Indian side manage to beat Salgaocar FC in their round 25 match of the I-League.

Salgaocar were held to a 0-0 draw by the Arrows in the return leg

The visitors have turned their fortunes from fighting relegation to being seventh on the table. Credit must be given to David Booth for turning their season around with some shrewd signings in the January transfer window.

With the Goan club not keen on signing an extension with the Englishman, it is reported that the experienced coach has already left the country. On paper, Salgaocar are in top form having won three of their last four matches. They thrashed United Sikkim 9-0 and expect them to score at least once in the tie with their strikers hitting a purple patch.


Pailan Arrows: Defender Deepak Devrani is suspended for the tie, Narayan Das and Simranjit Singh are completing their academical examinations, while Prabir Das has been ruled out due to medical reasons.

Salgaocar FC: Assistant coach Peter Vales has confirmed that he will not look to make changes in the line-up which started against Sikkim in their last game, while midfielder John Wilkinson is suffering from a minor injury.

  • Pailan Arrows have not managed to beat Salgaocar FC in the last five encounters.
  • Pailan Arrows is the only side among the 14 teams competing in the I-League to have a relegation freeze.
  • Salgaocar FC head coach David Booth (pictured) is believed to have left the club after learning that his contract would not be renewed.

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