Csaba Laszlo’s lacklustre Chennaiyin FC is set to battle against Juan Ferrando’s spirited FC Goa on February 13, 2021 (Saturday) at the GMC Bambolim Stadium, Goa.
The Goan Unit is arriving at this match with five consecutive draws and they are badly looking for a win to move forward in the playoff race. On the other hand, it is just a matter of pride for the recently doomed Chennaiyin FC who will be aiming for a decent finish in the points table.
The Marina Machans won their previous encounter against Goa in the reverse fixture at the Fatorda. Now, they will try to replicate the same performance and might look to perform a double over the Gaurs.
3 Indian Players to Watch Out in this Game
Alexander Romario Jesuraj (FCG), Lallianzuala Chhangte (CFC) and Ishan Pandita (FCG) are the three Indian Players to look out in this match.
The 24-year-old, Romario has been the Indian Superstar for Goa in the attacking unit and has amazed everyone with his technical brilliance in the Right Wing. He has provided three assists and has scored a solitary goal in this season. We can expect these numbers to increase and he might be an important prospect for Goa in this Match.
The “Instant Goal Scorer”, Pandita is the next Indian to watch out in this match. He has already caught everyone’s attention in ISL and is touted to be the next big thing in the Indian Football. The Spanish Inbound Striker has scored three late goals in the few minutes he had played in this season. Pandita will be an invisible threat for the Chennai defenders in the final few minutes of the game.
Chhangte, the top-scoring U-23 Indian Medio from Chennai has put a lot of good performances in this season but has struggled to score goals. His performances have surged lately and as a result, we can expect him to put an end to his misery in this match.
3 Foreign Players to Watch Out in this Game
Igor Angulo (FCG), Eli Sabia (CFC) and Edu Bedia (FCG) are the three Overseas Players to look out for in this match.
The 37-year-old Spanish Goal scoring machine has been the trump card of Juan Ferrando and is the main force behind Goa’s success in this season. Angulo has already scored 10 goals in the competition and is in the contention for the Golden Boot. He will add more goals to his tally and might go past Krishna in this match.
Edu Bedia is another Goa player to look out for in this match. The Spanish Midfielder has been involved in more than 1100 passes and holds the record for the most number of passes in this season. He holds the key in the Midfield and might pull the trigger for Ferrando.
The Skipper, Eli Sabia has been the lone warrior for Chennai on numerous occasions. He has been rock solid at the back and has led the team’s defensive line from the front. Sabia will be a menace for the Goa Strikers and will act as a crucial force to stop the players like Angulo and Mendoza.
Anirudh Thapa and Aman Chetri are the two injury concerns in the Blue Camp. Thapa is still struggling and hasn’t recovered fully from his injury. He remains doubtful to start in this Match whereas Aman is suffering from a Broken Finger.
Moving onto the Gaur Army, Brandon Fernandes underwent a minor surgery and is expected to remain on sidelines till the Playoffs. Princeton Rebello is yet to recover from his injury which he sustained against North East and he is set to miss this game.
The Expected Line Up of Chennaiyin FC
Vishal Kaith (GK), Jerry Lalrinzuala (LB), Eli Sabia (CB), Enes Sipovic (CB), Reagan Singh (RB), Memo Moura (DM), Germanpreet Singh (DM), Lallianzuala Chhangte (LW), Manuel Lanzarote (AM), Rahim Ali (RW), Jakub Sylvestr (ST)
Karanjit Singh (GK), Abhijit Sarkar, Anirudh Thapa, Lalchhuanmawia, Fatkhullo Fatkhulloev, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Deepak Tangri, Esmael Goncalves, Thoi Singh.
The Expected Line Up of FC Goa
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (GK), Saviour Gama (LB), Adil Khan (CB), James Donachie (CB), Seriton Fernandes (RB), Edu Bedia (DM), Glen Martins (DM), Jorge Ortiz Mendoza (LW), Alberto Noguera (AM), Alexander Romario Jesuraj (RW), Igor Angulo (ST)
Naveen Kumar (GK), Ishan Pandita, Redeem Tlang, Ivan Gonzalez, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Devendra Murgaonkar, Sanson Pereira, Mohamed Ali, Makan Chote.
Head to Head:
Played – 18 Matches
CFC – 8 Victories
FCG – 9 Victories
Draws – 1 Match
Recent Fixture – FCG (Lost) 1 – 2 CFC (December 19, 2020)
Chennai – Goan encounters have always been a goal-fest in the past and has rarely ended in a Draw. So, we will certainly have a winner in this contest and it is also a must-win game for the Gaur Army to secure a place in the playoffs. Taking the recent form into consideration, we predict Chennaiyin to bow down against Goa.