Match Preview – FC Goa to lock horns with Chennaiyin FC

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Another mouthwatering clash between FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC is on the cards, with both the teams aiming to clinch those 3 points to solidify their stance in the points table.

Speaking about the recent form, the two time Champions- Chennaiyin FC, have won just a single game in their last 5 outings. On the contrary, their opponents have won two games. Both the teams capitalize on their offenses and have a pretty solid midfield.

Goa
Igor Angulo Alboniga of FC Goa celebrates after scoring a goal during match 3 of the 7th season of the Hero Indian Super League between FC Goa and Bengaluru FC held at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa, India on the 22nd November 2020Photo by Faheem Hussain / Sportzpics for ISL

The two teams showcase a plethora of individual characters who have been proving their mettle day in day out. Some of the best players to watch out in this contest are:

Top Indian players:

1) Brandon Fernandes : In most of the Goan triumphs, Brandon has consistently proven to be the difference. His versatility in the midfield booms the value proposition of the whole setup. Be it through balls, be it the set pieces, he’s definitely the one to watch out for.

2) Anirudh Thapa : The Boy wonder, Anirudh Thapa perfectly fits in the jigsaw. Thapa is very well versed in his defensive abilities as well as he can chip into the attacking mix sublimely. After recently coming back from an injury, whether he would get the start will still be a dilemma for all the Chennaiyin fans.

3) Saviour Gama : With minutes and more minutes under his belt, the young full back is being shaped up profoundly and we can witness him stepping up with ever passing game. He even got his first assist of the season recently and FC Goa are definitely banking on him for the future.

Top Foreign players:

1) Igor Angulo: Angulo has been in a colossal form ever since he landed on the Goan shores. Having scored 6 goals in 5 appearances pitched him on the top of the leading goalscorers in the league.

2) Rafael Crivellaro: The Captain Crivellaro had added responsibilities for the season and although his side has been a little too dicey, Rafa has performed at times to give his side the upper hand.

3) Ivan Gonzalez: The Spaniard has been rock solid in the defense and has arguably the best defensive figures in the league. He’ll surely play an instrumental role in spearheading the back four.

News from the Dugout

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Credits – CHENNAIYIN FC

The Bosnian defender Enes Sipovic might start having recovered from his injury whereas Chennaiyin might still miss out the services of striker Isma for another week after he got injured against Mumbai City FC.

Head to Head

Matches played – 17

FC Goa – 9

Chennaiyin FC – 7

Draw – 1

Probable Lineups

FC Goa: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Seriton Fernandes, James Donachie, Ivan Gonzalez, Saviour Gama, Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Redeem Tlang, Jorge Ortiz, Igor Angulo.

Chennaiyin FC: Vishal Kaith (GK), Reagan Singh, Enes Sipovic, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa, Rafael Crivellaro, Deepak Tangri, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev, Jakub Sylvestr


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