Sporting Clube de Goa to take on league leaders Churchill Brothers
Sporting Clube de Goa will start as under-dogs when they take on current league leaders Churchill Brothers in the Aiff’s I-league at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Friday. The kick off is scheduled for 3.45p.m.
Sporting Goa will look to build on the momentum after they surprised Salgaocar on Monday and came away with all three points. The Flaming Oranje are now occupying ninth place with 17 points from seventeen matches.
Churchill Brothers have had their lead at the top cut to just two points after a goalless draw with Mumbai FC recently. Churchill is on 38 points from sixteen outings, but has two games in hand.
Sporting Goa will have Joval Martins and Rovan Pereira back from suspension and striker Juanfri is expected to make his debut. Striker Dawson Fernandes and winger Joe Pereira are still doubtful, but the Panjim outfit can rely on Nigerian midfielder Ogba kalu who has played an instrumental role as their top goal scorer so far this season.
Churchill will be without Lebanese defender Bilal Nijjarine who has recently moved to the United Arab Emirates.
When the two clubs met in the Goa Professional league in October, Sporting Goa came away with a 2-0 victory after second half goals from the talented Victorino Fernandes and Rowllin Borges.
In the I-League in December, Churchill triumphed 8-4. Although a lot has changed since those two encounters, the game is expected to be just as exciting.
That 12 goal thriller was incidentally the last I-League match to be played at Fatorda, before the renovation started. This game will be Sporting Goa’s last home match at Duler Stadium, before the I-league competition takes a 40-day break.