With both sides winning their last encounters and curiously against the same team, this will be an interesting battle as Papas looks to climb the table..After the long break due to the international friendlies, I-League is all set to resume with Dempo SC taking on United SC in the tenth round of India's top tier football competition.
While both teams had gone through patchy form off late, they had recorded a victory against their last opponent. While Dempo beat Churchill Brothers 1-0 in the Goan derby, United SC triumphed 3-2 in a nail biting encounter against the same side.
However when it comes to overall form, things aren't rosy for Dempo SC who have a staggering three I-League titles as they are lingering at 9th position having gained 10 points from a maximum of 24 with only two wins in their kitty. Last year's disappointing form seems to have continued under new boss, Arthur Papas.
Everyone reckoned that they had turned a corner after beating East Bengal comprehensively away but a next match defeat to high flying Bengaluru FC brought them crashing down. A home draw against Mohun Bagan did not help and not too much can be said about a gritty win against fellow strugglers Churchill Brothers.
"We dropped four points needlessly in two draws and if you add them, we are just three points away from the top. There is still a long way to go in the league," said Papas.
Meanwhile Eelco Schattorie's side have had a roller coaster ride in the I-League so far. While they had to contend with a number of injury absences recorded two wins in their first two matches, a clutch of draws where they could have come away with a win meant they lie 6th in the table.
Ranti though has picked up some kind of form thanks to his heroics in the 3-2 win over Churchill Brothers and United SC look to have the impetus to pick up another three points and move up the table.
Eelco however did not under estimate his opponents in spite of their average form pointing it down to a change of guard.
"Dempo is a team in the build up stage and try to find their way to be more stable. The team results are not as expected but realistically it is normal. The team has a new coach and a lot of new players. This transition takes time. The team has problems with scoring as from what I can asses from a distance but is getting more stable the last few appearences. The past of Dempo is history and not important to talk about."
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