Margao: Churchill Brothers will be desperate to garner full points when they host Chirag United in an I-League match at the Nehru Stadium on Sunday.
Having beaten them in the away match and playing at home, Churchill brothers hold an edge over their rivals.
Churchill Brothers, who dropped crucial two points against bottom-placed ONGC, are second with 40 points from 20 matches, three points adrift of leaders Salgaocar who have played two matches less than Churchill and cannot afford to drop points further as it will end their hopes of winning the title.
Churchill coach Drago Mamic was upset by the way his boys allowed ONGC to come back into the game and snatch a point after taking lead in their 3-3 draw.
"The boys know their responsibility. We have to remain focus throughout if we are to win tomorrow which is very crucial for our winning the title," admitted Denzil Ferrao, manager of the Churchill team.
Chirag's performance in the second leg has dipped as they could collect just six points from the last six matches.
They are now placed seventh with 24 points from 19 matches. Their confidence has been dented after Dempo beat them 4-2 in their last match and coach Subrata Bhattacharya will have to do something special to bring back the team into winning ways.
Chirag, who have come without three of their regular players - goalkeeper Abhijit Mondal, medios Gouranga Biswas and Denson Devadas, will face a tough test from rival strikers Odafe Okolie and Boima Karpeh.
Chirag's coach Subrata Bhattacharya said Churchill Brothers are a strong side who are playing together for the last three years and are a difficult side to beat at home. The boys will have to raise their game if we are to taste victory, stated Bhattacharya.