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Salgaocar upbeat vs Dempo

Margao: An exciting contest is on the cards as Dempo take on Salgaocar in the 21st round of the I-League, to be played at Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, here, on Wednesday.

The winter break has done good for both the Goan teams as they have remained unbeaten in their last four matches with Salgaocar going up the ladder to remain third with 30 points from 18 matches, seven behind table-toppers Bengaluru FC, who have played one match more than Salgaocar.

Dempo have climbed to the sixth position with 25 points from 18 matches. Salgaocar, who have a match in hand, are seven points behind leaders Bengaluru FC and coach Derrick Pereira knows that at this stage they cannot afford to lose and that it is important to win to keep themselves in the fray for the title race.

Dudu Omagbemi, who is a livewire up front and Salgaocar will be relying on him to deliver the goods along with Darryl Duffy, who has been the main goal scorer with 10 goals.

Nicolau Colaco continues to be on the injury list and captain Francis Fernandes is also not hundred per cent fit and coach Pereira will wait till Wednesday to take a call on his fitness.

“It’s the first time we are playing at Fatorda after the stadium underwent renovation and we are looking forward for a positive result. The boys are working hard to maintan the winning momentum and are eager to take on Dempo. They have recruited a couple of new foreign players and also from Pailan Arrows, and are a completely new side and much stronger. We have to give our best and remain focused till the end if we are to win on Wednesday,” Pereira said.