Indian Arrows and Churchill Brothers will lock horns in an I-League clash once again to be played at the Tilak Maidan stadium in Vasco, Goa, on Saturday evening.
|Game||Indian Arrows v Churchill Brothers|
|Date||Saturday, February 10|
|Time||5:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the I-League. All the matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 2 and 2 HD.
|India TV channels||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/2HD||Hotstar/JioTV|
INDIAN ARROWS POSSIBLE XI (4-1-4-1): Prabhsukhan Gill; Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin; Deepak Tangri; Rahul Kannoly, Amarjit Kiyam, Suresh Singh, Rahim Ali; Abhijit Sarkar.
Injured: Jeakson Singh
Key Players: Rahul Kannoly, Abhijit Sarkar
CHURCHILL BROTHERS POSSIBLE XI (4-4-2): James Kithan (GK); Wayne Vaz, Hussein Eldor, Osagie Monday, Dhenechandram Singh; Harshad Naik, Suraj Singh, Bektur Talgat, Nicholas Fernandes; Mechac Koffi, Dawda Ceesay.
Injured: Richard Costa
Absent: Uttam Rai
Key Players: Dawda Ceesay, Osagie Monday
It was a disheartening defeat for Indian Arrows against East Bengal in the last weekend when the young Indian side had managed to keep the Red and Golds from scoring until the 92nd minute of the game, before Dudu Omagbemi's goal made the difference. Luis Norton de Matos will still be proud of the Arrows for their show of valour, not only in the last match but through the season.
Abhijit Sarkar and Rahul KP are the only two who have played in all fixtures so far and they both missed to score against East Bengal. Goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill will have to deal with Mechac Koffi and Dawda Ceesay as Amarjit Kiyam is expected to pull the strings in the middle of the park.
The Blue Colts have not had the privilege of a home stadium this season, starting off from the Bambolim stadium in Goa, then moving to the Ambedkar stadium in Delhi before returning back to Goa to host their games at the Tilak Maidan stadium in Vasco which is the same place where fellow I-League side Churchill Brothers treat as their home this season.
The last time Arrows hosted a game in Vasco, on January 16th against NEROCA FC, they lost the game 2-0 and are up to an as big of a challenge if not bigger when they face Churchill Brothers on Saturday.
Churchill Brothers have made a remarkable come-back with regard to climbing up the ladder with five wins, a draw and just one loss since January. Depending of Aizawl FC's result on the day, a win for the Varca-based side will see the Goans jump up to fifth (if Aizawl lose or draw against NEROCA) or the sixth spot on Saturday.
Suraj Singh has made a full recovery and started in the 2-1 win over Minerva Punjab. He will once again fill in for Richard Costa unless the later passes a late fitness test. Harshad Naik is meanwhile expected to continue as the U22 player in the first XI given the absence of Uttam Rai.
As the trend has shown of late, Israil Gurung is usually the first one to come off the bench for the Red Machines. Bektur Talgat and Kalu Ogba would then switch places on and off the pitch whenever required, just as in the case of Nicholas Fernandes and Britto PM.
The last time the two sides met at the same ground, two late goals subdued the Arrows to a defeat which Alfred Fernandes knows was just enough to hide his side's blushes. Will Churchill Brothers be in a better position for a outright win this time, given their rise of form, or can Luis Norton's boys finish what they couldn't against East Bengal?