Such is the vagary of sport.
Two years ago, in the 2010-11 season of the I-League, Salgaocar and ONGC were at the opposite ends of the league table. While the Goan side clinched their maiden title, ONGC finished last and were relegated.
Back in the top-flight and reigning supreme at home in the ongoing 2012-13 season, ONGC are all set to start as favourites against an off-colour Salgaocar here at the Amebedkar Stadium on Saturday (Jan 12, 2013).
David Booth's side have failed to string together a series of good results, managing only two wins so far this season. Languishing at the 11th position with the same number of points from 13 matches, Salgaocar will be keen to get a positive result against ONGC on Saturday.
But Booth is aware of the fact that if they are to bag three points against the hosts, they need to put their best foot forward.
"ONGC have been playing some good football for the last three or four matches. They are very strong at home. Do there is no hiding from the fact that it will be a difficult game tomorrow (Saturday). I have confidence in my boys. Looking forward to a good game," Booth said.