A win against the Pink Brigade will take the Greens to the top of the table…

Football Club de Bardez will be looking to get back into the title race with a win when they take on Salgaocar FC in the Goa Professional League match at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Wednesday.

After a 4-0 win over Corps of Signals, Bardez have dropped points in their last two matches against Sporting Clube de Goa and Churchill Brothers. They are currently standing in 5th place with 24 points from 13 matches. The Pink Brigade will have to give their best to grab all three points against the Greens.

On the other hand, Salgaocar are in fantastic form and stand second in the league table with 30 points from 13 matches. The Greens will be looking to extend their current 5-match winning streak and go on top of the table with a win. They recently edged out Corps in their last match.

Both the teams have lost only once in the league and Bardez’s defeat came against Salgaocar in the first encounter of the GPL where the Greens managed to beat Bardez by a 2-0 margin, while Salgaocar lost against Dempo SC.

Bardez head coach Armando Colaco is most likely to field the same XI which earned him a point against Churchill Brothers in their last match. However, the inclusion of defender Rowilson Rodrigues can be expected. Right-back Lenston Afonso will be out with an Injury.

“We are really playing well but somehow the execution of converting chances into goals isn’t happening, I think Salgaocar FC is the toughest team in the Goa Pro League. The only match we lost was with them, I hope my boys play well and we get something out of the game.” Armando said before the final practice session of the team.

 Bardez will be relying on Nigerian forward Joel Sunday as his compatriot Koko Sakibo has failed to impress the coach from the bench. Sunday will have to play a key role if they are to trounce high-flying Salgoacar.

“Tomorrow’s match is very important for the team if we want to keep our title hopes alive. In the previous match, we had a lot of possession but the supply and the finishing touch wasn’t good enough. We are going into tomorrow’s match with confidence and I am sure that we are going to win.” Sunday said.

Likely XI of FC Bardez: (4-4-2) Mirshad K(GK) , Rowilson Rodrigue, Mathew Gonsalves, Jessel Carneiro, Cavin Soares, Girish Naik, Peter Carvalho, Richard Cosat, Alesh sawant, Joel Sunday, Latesh Mandrekar.