Chandigarh,19.02.18-Apollo backed Minerva Punjab FC host 8th placed Gokulam Kerala FC tomorrow at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula. The visiting Malabarians have been in red hot form in their recent outings defeating the likes of Kolkata heavyweights Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in their previous encounter played at home in the EMS Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode. 
 
The visiting team coached by local legend Bino George have been quite busy in the recently concluded January transfer window bringing in the likes of former Aizawl FC defender and Nigerian born Emmanuel Ugochucku Chigozie and former Bahrain International Midfielder Mahmood Al-Ajmi to strengthen their backline along with former Uganda International Striker Henry Kisekka and current Afghanistan skipper Faysal Shayesteh in favour of out-of-form Kamo Stephane Bayi and Odafa Onyeka Okolie. The move seemed to have paid quite well for the Sree Gokulam Group owned team as they have put up some impressive performances since the arrival of their new imports loosing a narrow 1-0 by NEROCA FC and winning the next two against both the Kolkata giants. Languishing in the rock-bottom of the 10-team league the visitors would surely look forward to maintain their winning streak and dash the home teams title winning hope when they travel to the Northern state of Punjab. The win at Panchkula would see them shoot right up to the 5th spot in the points table above both their North Eastern counter parts Shillong Lajong FC and Aizawl FC.
 
Meantime Mohali based Minerva Punjab FC who recently changed based to refurbished Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula have managed to maintain their in-form position in the 10-team standings currently being placed second in the table to leaders NEROCA FC but still 3 games to play. Divided by just 2 points and 3 games in hand, the Warriors of Punjab will surely leave no stone unturned to bag as many points as possible from these 3 crutial encounters. Manipuri gaffers Wangkhem Khogen Singh will surely have a plan back in his mind to keep up his team's maiden title hopes alive. The addition of Nepalese No. 1 custodian Kiran Limbu and Ivory Coast midfielder Bazie Armand in the January transfer window will too shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the blues title hopes.