While Real Kashmir FC would be looking to continue the winning momentum when former champions Aizawl FC host them in a crucial I-League clash in Aizawl on Saturday, the struggling hosts will be looking to notch up their first home victory of this season.
It will be the visiting team’s third of their six consecutive games on the road. RKFC comes into the match on the back of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Indian Arrows away at Goa. The win helped them jump to the seventh spot in the standings with nine points from seven games, a point above Aizawl, who have played a game more.
The hosts and former champions are languishing at the 10th spot, just above Arrows. Aizawl were beaten 1-2 by TRAU in their previous match. They will be desperately looking to revive their campaign with a victory against the snow leopards.
Aizawl’s form at home has been a major concern for coach Stanley Rozario as his side have won just one match here. Moreover, Aizawl have not tasted a win in the last five matches, drawing four and losing one. Set to play Real Kashmir for the first time this season, Rozario is hoping that his men will find their scoring boots to collect full points on Saturday.
“In the last four games, we went in front but then, we conceded and ended up dropping points. We are creating more goal-scoring chances in the last 15 minutes in every game but that is just a number. In a league as competitive as I-League, you just cannot afford to commit such silly mistakes, as we have been,” Rozario said.
Real Kashmir, on the other hand, have had a mixed bag of a season and are placed seventh in the standings with nine points from seven matches. They are coming into Saturday’s match with a 2-0 victory against Indian Arrows after three winless games.
Both teams have struggled to maintain consistency this season, which have pegged them back at the bottom half of the standings.
The ‘Snow Leopards’ have looked towards their foreigners Mason Robertson, Gnohore Krizo for goals. RKFC coach Dave Roberston would hope these midfield duo continue their impressive form at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
Asked where do the ‘Snow Leopards’ look to finish this season, coach David Robertson said, “After seven games and playing catch up with games, we are not focussing on any finish at the moment. Our destiny will be decided around game 14. We are just looking to make sure we win each game that we play.”
Aizawl coach Stanley Rozario would hope their new signing Argentine Matias Veron forms an effective goal-scoring partnership with Justice Morgan and Abdoulaye Kanoute upfront.
The match will broadcast LIVE on 1SPORT from 2:00 PM IST straight from Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Mizoram.