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I-League Round-11: Bengaluru FC up for Salgaocar challenge.

25.11.2013 : KFC. | www.kolkatafootball.com HOME PAGE

BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC arrived in Goa on Sunday for what is a very crucial game in their season this far, taking on League leaders Salgaocar at the Duler Stadium on November 26. Looking to quell the search for their first away win apart, a Bengaluru FC win would give Ashley Westwood's team the chance to go back to the top of the table.

Derrick Pereira-coached Salgaocar missed the chance to stretch their lead at the top when they were held by Pune FC a day before Bengaluru FC and Sporting Clube de Goa played a 1-1 draw in Bangalore on Saturday.

To be able to break the away win duck against Salgaocar would infuse renewed energy into the Sunil Chhetri-led team's League campaign which, after a brilliant start, has veered a little with two points from their last four games.

However, Westwood believes the team is off pressure for Tuesday's big game. "We have absolutely nothing to lose and are under no pressure whatsoever. We were never one of the favourites to win the title. These are the kind of games you look forward to being involved in," said the Englishman on Monday.

Apart from the fantastic form he is in, Bengaluru's Australian striker Sean Rooney will have everyone's attention as he plays his former and only other I-League club for the first time since in 2012. On the other end, the battle between Salgaocar striker Darryl Duffy and Bengaluru FC centre-backs John Johnson and Curtis Osano should make for an interesting one.

Scottish Duffy, along with Mohammedan Sporting's Josimar Martins and Shillong Lajong's Cornell Glenn, is leading the League's scoring charts with seven goals while Bengaluru's English defenders have given ample account of their impact at the back.

Bengaluru FC face an important stretch in the League when they play six games over the next 26 days and nothing would serve as an ideal injection than a win on Tuesday.