With two wins in as many matches, the Goan outfit have played well with Beto being the star performer from the midfield with two goals and being the initiator of most attacks.
However the club will be without the services of Tolay Ozbey who has been signed from the Kolkata side earlier this month and hence cannot face his former side as per the agreement.
This would be the first real test for the Golden Eagles as their victories have come against teams who are to ply their trade in the second division I-League.
Coach Arthur Papas would be pleased that at least his side has registered back-to-back wins, something which hasn’t been the case this term.
Haroon Amiri impressed on debut for Dempo and alongside Simon Colosimo, Papas would hope that the duo form a strong partnership at the back. Alwyn George too has played an important role in Dempo’s Federation Cup campaign with a goal and a couple of assists to show.
Mohammedan Sporting enter the tie knowing well that anything less than a win would spell doom for them. They need to beat Dempo SC to qualify for the semi-finals.
Coach Sanjoy Sen has brought a sense of harmony into the squad as they have played well in their two matches against United Sikkim and Bhawanipore. Although defensively they are a bit suspect at the back as was evidenced against the north eastern side where the opposition didn’t take the chances that came their way.
Josimar Martins has continued his good work from the I-League while Penn Orji is still finding his feet after not being able to replicate his form at East Bengal with the Black and Whites.
“It will be a great achievement for a club who has just been promoted to the top tier to reach the semis. My sole target is the last-four stage now,” said Sen.
An interesting battle at Manjeri ensues.
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