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United confident

Calcutta: Prayag United SC will have a battle on hand when they face an upbeat Pailan Arrows in their Round 24 I-League tie, at the Kalyani Stadium, on Friday. The defeat to Salgocar SC has seriously hurt United SC’s efforts to come closer to the top two — Churchill Brothers and East Bengal — and give them a run for their money.

However, the depleted look, due to the absence of Ranty Martins and Bello Rasaq, which was a significant reason behind their defeat to Salgaocar will no more exist as the Nigerian duo are set for a comeback.

“We have Ranty and Bello returning to the squad after a match’s suspension. This will definitely strengthen our attack and defence,” said coach Eelco Schattorie.

The Dutchman is perfectly right in his analysis, but the show on offer by the Arrows in their previous two matches will certainly keep United SC a tad worried. Especially in their contest against Dempo SC, AIFF’s developmental side were simply top class in their game and approach to leave the defending champions clueless.

“The spirit of the team is high after beating a big side like Dempo. This has taken the team-morale to a new height and I hope we continue with the same momentum against United SC too,” said Arrows coach Arthur Papas. “Our performance has been consistently good so far. Our boys have shown a lot of improvement, which is evident in the way we performed against the big names of the tournament.”

Arrows will surely go into this game as an upbeat unit, but beating a full-strength United SC and that too, at the Kalyani Stadium — their happy hunting ground — could be one hell of a job.