Sporting Clube De Goa will play host to Shillong Lajong FC in what will be a thrilling encounter in the 15th round of the I-League on the 14th of December at the Duler Stadium Mapusa, Goa at 3:30pm. The match will be live on Ten Action.
The Reds are in fourth place with 20 points and form is definitely on their side. The Goan side heads into this match in a very good form as well and are currently in 2nd position with 21 points. The contest will certainly be an entertaining 90 minutes of football with both teams battling it all out to be in the top two of the I-League standings.
Lajong known to be the underdogs, have silenced the critics this season as they have definitely proved a point with very promising performances this season away from home. The Shillongites are on high spirits after a 1-0 win in Goa over reigning champions Churchill Brothers SC on Tuesday and it may also be mentioned that Shillong Lajong opened the I-League campaign with a stupendous 3-0 win over former National League champions Dempo SC in Goa itself.
Crossing over, the host hold a better record on paper than the visitors with 6 wins and 3 draws compared to Lajong’s 5 wins and 5 draws so far in the league. These two team previously met on the 5th of October and it was the Goan outfit who took home all the three points after a 1-0 over Lajong in Shillong.
The Flaming Orange head into this game after a goalless draw against Goan rivals Salgaocar FC.
According to the I-League.org, Spanish Coach Oscar Bruzon said “Our opponents for tomorrow are Shillong Lajong FC and that is what we should worry about. Not the positions, not who is ahead of us, or who remains behind.”
He also said, “I know the Shillong Lajong FC coach (Thangboi Singto) quite well and I like the team. I saw both their matches in Goa which they won and their organisation is immaculate. We will have to be at our best to break them down.”
Meanwhile Shillong Lajong FC Coach Thangboi Singto said, “Sporting Clube is a very good side and Lajong has to play to the best ability to beat them.”
When asked if the team will face any added pressure he explained, “There is no added pressure to the team. We need to believe and have a good start. Winning mentality is a must for this game. To win we need consistency and a disciplined performance.”
Coach Thangboi Singto also elucidated, “The team wants to say a big thank you to all the Lajong fans. We hope that you will always support the team at all times as we will also try our best to bring smiles to all the Lajong faithfuls.”
Shillong Lajong will be missing Uilliams who is still injured and has not travelled with the team to Goa and is currently undergoing treatment in Shillong.
Singto also commented on Captain Minchol Son who missed two games on the trot, “The team needs their Super Captain and we will take the final call on him tomorrow.”
The Reds are definitely capable of handling the best of teams on their day and will settle for nothing less than a win when they play Sporting Clube De Goa tomorrow at the Duler Stadium.
Head To Head
I-League 05-Oct-2013 Shillong Lajong FC 0 – 1 Sporting Clube de Goa
I-League 08-Jan-2013 Sporting Clube de Goa 0 – 0 Shillong Lajong FC
I-League 28-Oct-2012 Shillong Lajong FC 1 – 2 Sporting Clube de Goa
I-League 31-Mar-2012 Shillong Lajong FC 0 – 1 Sporting Clube de Goa
I-League 31-Oct-2011 Sporting Clube de Goa 4 – 3 Shillong Lajong FC