Former champions Churchill Brothers will look to return to winning ways when they take on All India Football Federation’s developmental side Indian Arrows in the first ever I-League game at the multi-purpose Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday. Also Read - ISL 2020-21 Match Report: Hyderabad FC Play Goalless Draw With Bengaluru FC
The young Arrows side coached by Floyd Pinto have adopted the state of Odisha as their home and were playing their home games of this season’s campaign at Cuttack’s Barabati stadium till now. Also Read - ISL 2020 Match Report: NorthEast United Hold Kerala Blasters to 2-2 Draw After Late Strike From Idrissa Sylla
The game on Sunday will be crucial for Goan giants Churchill in particular, given their campaign has got a bit derailed in the last couple of matches after being quite impressive for most parts of this year’s edition. Also Read - 'Childhood Hero' Diego Maradona Inspired me to Take up Football: Bhaichung Bhutia
While Churchill go into the game on the back of two consecutive defeats, the Arrows have picked up four points in their last two matches and will be looking to sustain the momentum as they keep making strides in the Indian footballing landscape.
Churchill’s Romanian coach Petra Gigiu has admitted in media reports that the team morale has dropped a little after the two defeats and with injuries to key players and suspensions to deal with, the game against Arrows will not be easy.
“We are not happy with our performance,” he said in a press conference on matchday eve. “We have lost two matches but we hope to win tomorrow. Indian Arrows is a young team but we should not take any team lightly,” he added.
The Arrows, on the other hand, are a cohesive unit and have this uncanny knack of picking up wins to disrupt the plans of the more professional club setups. They won thrice last season, which was their debut season and have already picked up two this season in their eight games.
However, coach Gigiu will know that if his attacking duo of Dawda Cessay and the league’s top goal scorer Willis Plaza are on song, Arrows can be rolled over and he will do well to charge them up sufficiently for Sunday’s game.
The Arrows have had huge problems scoring goals and Floyd Pinto will have to find a way to get his team to score many more than the three they have so far, to nurture bigger hopes.
Here’s all you need to know regarding the Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers match:
When and what time is the Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match?
The Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match is on December 30th, at 5 PM IST.
Where is Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match being played?
The Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match is being played at the Kalinga Stadium.
Which channel will telecast the Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match live on TV?
The Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match will be aired live on Star Sports network.
How to watch Live Streaming of Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match online?
The Live Streaming of Indian Arrows vs Churchill Brothers I-League 2018-19 match will be available on Hotstar, Jio TV and Airtel TV.