Kozhikode, Feb 7: In an enticing face-off between north and south, Gokulam Kerala FC will host on Real Kashmir FC at the EMS Corporation Stadium, here on Saturday.
There’s not a lot to segregate between the two sides, with Gokulam Kerala resting on fourth with 14 points and while Kashmir is two places below on sixth with 12 points, having played a game fewer than their Saturday hosts.
Gokulam still remains title hopefuls and has produced some incredible displays to support their ambitions, like their impressive away win against Quess East Bengal, but inconsistency has cost the Malabarians on quite a few occasions.
They dropped points at home to TRAU, drawing 1-1 in their last fixture and will be hopeful of getting the job done this time.
''Kashmir is a formidable side, but they will be playing at our home and we will play for our pride in front of our fans. My team wants to make the fans happy,'' voiced an upbeat Marcus Joseph, Captain, Gokulam Kerala FC.
''This is a crucial match for us and we need to win. We have a game in hand if we win that too then, we still have a chance,'' he added.
Real Kashmir made an inconsistent start to their I-League campaign this year which saw them drop to as low as ninth in the standings at one point.
Since their 0-1 loss to Neroca, the Snow Leopards have bounced back and have now registered two wins on the trot against Indian Arrows and Aizawl, winning both fixtures 2-0. (UNI)