Churchill face Bagan test

A point for Kolkata team will ensure title for Dempo

Dempo, having all but secured the title after their 2-0 win over Air-India on Wednesday, will now have to wait for Friday’s outcome between Churchill bros and Mohun Bagan, if Churchill fail to win against Bagan than Dempo will be crowned the champions.
If they win, Dempo will have to wait for the next round to win the title for the fourth time. A point from next two matches will take them to the title.

Churchill Bros who are placed third with 35 points from 21 matches, still have a mathematical chance of winning the title as they have played two games less than Dempo.

But for that to happen, the defending champions must win their last five matches and hope Dempo drop points in all their games. Churchill also have the distraction of the AFC Cup knockout stage and interestingly they have won back to back games only once in the second half of the campaign.

But their convincing win against Salgaocar have brought them back to winning ways and coach Carlos Pereira will be hoping his boys keep up the winning momentum going as they need to win all their five matches from now on with a bigger margin to challenge Dempo.

Churchill Bros coach Carlos Pereira who has a full squad at his disposal except for Robert L, who will be out due to suspension said, “We know what to expect from them. We cannot afford to relax from now on as we need victories from every match we play from now on.”

“A draw or loss will see Dempo winning the title. All we need is to remain focused and win,” he said.     
    
Their opponents Mohun Bagan who are placed fifth with 32 points from 22 matches, were thumped at home by Dempo, denting their confidence.
Bagan have been inconsistent throughout the season and have conceded the maximum goals among top half teams.

The Kolkata giants have picked just one point from their three previous visits to Goa but will be looking for a more positive outcome this time around.

Salgaocar win
Salgaocar hung on to their first half lead to edge past Mumbai FC by a solitary goal in the 24th round I-league encounter at Nehru Stadium on Thursday.
The win saw Salgaocar move away from the drop zone with 27 points from 24 matches, while Mumbai have put themselves in the state of being relegated with 25 points from 24 matches. Salgaocar scored the all important goal in the 15th minute through Ekene Ekenwa.
PTI

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