Preview : DSK Shivajians vs Churchill Brothers
DSK Shivajians will be looking to finally kick-start their campaign when they take on a misfiring Churchill Brothers today at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune for the fourth round of the I-League 2016-17.
It will be a colossal upset if the Goan side do end up beating the home team, since they have been abjectly poor in their final third and have failed to register a single point so far this season.
Previous Matches: As aforementioned, the Red Machines have lost all their 3 games this year, with the last one being a 2-0 defeat at the hands of East Bengal. DSK, on the other hands, opened their account in the last match day with a resounding 2-0 win over newbies Chennai City FC. Goals from Seong Yeong Kim and Juan Quero sealed the deal for the Maharashtrian side.
Travelling: Churchill Brothers will make the short trip from Vasco in Goa to Pune today, while DSK will be training at home since their last game was at the Balewadi itself.
Team Morale: DSK will go into the game with a good amount of confidence, knowing that it is not only a home match but also with the knowledge that their tactics are finally bearing fruit. They start off as favourites.
Churchill, on the other hand look like a completely demoralized outfit who are running out of ideas. Despite putting a lot of efforts in their games, they have suffered back-to-back-to-back defeats due to the dearth of a top class forward. The likes of Antonio Wolfe and Brandon Fernandes have failed to turn up so far, and the two-time champions will need these two to fire on all cylinders if they do not wish to return from Pune empty-handed.
Preparations: DSK have been practising in their own territory, focusing mostly on bringing width to their gameplay, according to onlookers.
Churchill, on the other hand, are bereft of not only ideas but also of overseas players who are yet to arrive. They have a squad full of talented players who need time to settle in and adjust to the pace and demands of the league. However, this being an extremely short competition, it could well over be over by the time Churchill finally adjusts to it.
Churchill Brothers coach Alfred Fernandes said, “We come into this match with a mission; to get points.” He added, “In the first three matches, we played to our potential, displaying good performances, but the results did not go our way.”
DSK manager David Rogers was all praise for the Churchill side.
“Churchill Brothers have got good players. They have a good manager. In this league, anyone is capable of beating anybody, on the day. If you do not prepare the right way and underestimate opponents, then you can face problems”, Rogers said.
DSK Shivajians( 4-4-2):
Defence: Jerry, Gouramangi, Sasa Kolunija, Nirmal Chettri
Midfielders: K. Lalthathanga, McFaul, Quero, Sanju Pradhan
Forwards: Seong Yeong Kim, Holicharan Narzary.
Churchill Brothers ( 4-5-1):
Defence: Fulganco, Adil, Rowilson, Keegan
Midfield: Clifford, Surchanda, Kingslee, Brandon, Seriton
Forward: Antonio Wolfe
2-0 to DSK, given their squad depth and Quero’s form.