Both teams have 11 points from as many matches (two matches postponed), but a better goal difference means Air India are ahead. In their last five encounters, both sides have registered two wins and a draw each.
The only advantage the Goans enjoy is that they come into this match with a 3-1 win over Prayag United SC. For the record, Air India had lost 0-4 to Salgaocar FC.
“It is good to be ahead (of our opponents), but it is this that counts,” said Anthony Fernandes, the interim coach of Air India.
Both sides are likely to field a more or less unchanged XI. The Goan outfit, though, is expected to field Dawson Fernandes.
Churchill thump Lajong 6-0
Churchill Brothers scored a resounding 6-0 win over Shillong Lajong to move to the top of the table with a two-point lead over Pune FC and Dempo after their 14th round I-League clash here on Friday. With defending champions Dempo succumbing to Prayag United, Churchill find themselves at the top with 28 points from 11 matches. Shillong Lajong remained on 13 points from 14 matches.