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Churchill are favourites

Calcutta: Winless in 22 matches so far, Pailan Arrows will host Goan heavyweights Churchill Brothers SC in an I-League encounter, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Thursday. Arrows stay on nine points from 22 outings, while Churchill Brothers, who are all poised a finish in the top-five, have 44 points from 24 matches.

On paper, it looks a lop-sided contest. Churchill are very much in the hunt for the I-League crown, while Arrows stay just above already relegated HAL in the league table.

Arrows head coach Sujit Chakraborty says he is aware of the challenge. “Churchill Brothers are a strong and experienced side. Given the fact that ours is a developmental team, Churchill know better as to how to handle pressure. We need to be on top of our game if we are to challenge them,” he said.

“They have quality players like Beto in the midfield. Our midfielders have to do their best and need to adjust according to situation.” Arrows have been unlucky, so far. Though the young brigade had shown flashes of brilliance, lack of experience at crucial moments have let them down on most occasions.