Salgaocar ready for Bengaluru FC Challenge

Mapusa: Salgaocar SC will be looking to extend their lead at the top when they face Bengaluru FC on Tuesday in the Airtel I-League match at Duler Stadium here.

Both the teams have drawn their last matches, with Salgaocar maintaining the top position in the table with 18 points from nine matches, one point above Pune FC who drew against them in their last match.

Bengaluru FC played a goalless draw against Sporting Clube de Goa and are placed third with 15 points from nine matches.

Salgaocar`s coach Derick Pereira knows the importance of the match as their opponents, who are also having a good run, will go all out to win and close the gap at the top.

Salgaocar will depend on Darryl Duffy to score along with Claude Gnakpa.

"It`s going to be a close contest as both the teams will try to get full points. We need to remain more focused and take full advantage of the chances we get and score if we are to win tomorrow," stated Pereira.

Bengaluru FC have drawn their second consecutive match and have collected just two points from their last four matches. Coach Ashley Westwood will be looking for his team to get back to their winning ways.

"Salgaocar are high after leading the table and it will be tough to beat them at home as they have the home support, but we are prepared for the challenge and feel that every point is important," said Westwood.

Sunil Chhetri, who was not in his element against Sporting, will be looking to lead the team from the front along with Sean Rooney for the visitors.