I-League: Sporting, Salgaocar look to garner full points
Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar FC will be looking for their first victory when they take on each other on Sunday in the fourth round of the Hero I-League match here in Fatorda.
Margao: Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar FC will be looking for their first victory when they take on each other on Sunday in the fourth round of the Hero I-League match here in Fatorda.
Both the teams are yet to win a match. While Salgaocar have lost one and drawn two in their three outings, Sporting have played two so far -- a loss and a draw.
Injuries to their key players have seen Salgaocar's performance dip and they look far from the side that had won the Durand Cup and Goa's Professional League.
Working hard to iron out the loose ends, Salgaocar coach Derrick Pereira said, "Injuries to Darryl Duffy, Dawson Fernandes and Saran Singh has effected our style of play and the youngsters have not responded well. They have committed lot of mistakes in the midfield and upfront, which we have been working hard to rectify. It will take some time before they settle down," Pereira revealed.
On the other hand, Sporting, who were blanked 0-3 by Dempo before they drew their last match against East Bengal, have strengthened their defense with the signing of Portuguese defender Miguel Garcia on-loan from the Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC.
Anthony Wolfe, who had to take lot of burden with the responsibility of scoring goals in the absence of Victorino Fernandes and Boima Karpeh, is expected to have a relatively easy outing with Karpeh back in the side after recovering from injury. Their attack now look more sharper.
Sporting's success will largely depend on how Kalu steer the attack in the company of Rowllin Borges, Mauvin Borges and Jovel Martins.
This being a home derby, both teams know each other's strengths and it is going to be a close contest. Both the sides will go out in search of their first win.