Margao: Three of their regular defenders may not be playing but Sporting Clube de Goa remain confident as they gear up to battle it out against Pune FC in the 18th round of the I-League, to be played at the Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

Sporting Clube de Goa started their second leg remaining unbeaten with three wins and a draw to be placed at eighth spot with 24 points from 17 matches.

They were hit hard by the referee in last match against Prayag United which saw them their reliable defender Keita Boubacar and Jovel Martins being suspended, however, the side is looking to keep the momentum going.

With N Samananda also not able to play due to fever, their defense is weakened which has upset the team but technical director Alex Alvares said the team will give their best to pip Pune FC.

"Its our home match and we need to win to move up the ladder. The absence of the three defenders will be felt but our boys are geared up for the challenge. The team has settled well in the second leg winning three of the four matches and will continue to perform well," stated Alvares.

Pune FC also have been performing well and have remained unbeaten in the last five matches. They are one place above Sporting with 28 points from 17 matches.

The team will, though, miss the services of goalkeeper Abhra Mondal and striker Jeje Lalpakhlua.

Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira is happy the way his boys are playing.

"Our team looks settled and playing well to remain unbeaten in the last five matches. They are ready for tomorrow's match and looking to make a dent into the rival's defense.

Hopefully we will be able to win tomorrow," Pereira said.