FC Goa will face Al Rayyan this Wednesday in the group stage of the AFC Champions League. FC Goa are in group E with Al Rayyan, Al Wahda, and Perspolis. The match will be played in the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Fatorda, Goa at 10.30 pm.
This will be the first time for FC Goa an Indian team is going to feature in the group stages of the AFC Champions League. However, we hope that this is just the beginning. The Gaurs will have to give their level best to win the points. As Al Rayyan, the team from Qatar is under former PSG manager Laurent Blanc. They also have big names like Yacine Brahimi and Yohan Boli who can be the game-changing aspects for Al Rayyan.
Al Rayyan played the last season’s ACL campaign also but got knocked out by the Iranian club called Esteghlal Tehran FC. Like FC Goa they have also got for this season’s tournament and would be desperate to perform and make a good run for the campaign. However, Goa will have the benefit of all the group stage matches being played at Goa. It will be up to them how much Goa can utilize the benefit of home conditions. Who knows FC Goa might have some tricks up their sleeve to secure the victory.
FC Goa vs Al Rayyan: Preview
Goa will head to the game with full confidence and will look forward to making a powerful impact in the group. Juan Ferrando has described the match as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. This would be a huge match not only for the team but for the entire nation.
“(We are) very excited! This is one of the biggest competitions in the world alongside the likes of the UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores,” said Juan Ferrando.
Al Rayyan, the team from Qatar that plays in the Qatar Stars League has ended their league campaign being in the 3rd position of the table. Al Rayyan is going through a mixed form after losing 3 out of their 5 matches in the league, so there are possibilities for FC Goa to outshine them in the fixture.
The Qatari giants are one of the biggest names in the AFC Champions League. But they have always Ran out of luck in the league. They have made it 9 times in the league but have failed to go past the group stage every single time. Their last appearance was in the 2019 season.
FC Goa vs Al Rayyan: Team News
FC Goa has not a single match after their draw against Mumbai City FC. A Noguera and I Angulo won’t be participating in the match on the other hand P Rebello and Seriton Fernandes are injured for FC Goa.
Goa are most likely to use (4-3-3) as their formation with Ishan Pandita starting. And B Fernandes might come in place of A Noguera.
Al Rayyan will play in (4-2-3-1) as their formation keeping their ace striker Y Boli upfront. A Hatem being played as the classic no 10 and will be given the responsibility to create space.
FC Goa vs Al Rayyan: Predicted Line-ups
FC Goa(4-3-3): D. S Moirangthem as the goalkeeper, A Khan, Donachie, Gonzalez, and Gama as the defenders, E Bedia, B Fernandes, G Martins as the midfield trio and J Ortiz, D Murgaonkar and I Pandita as the forwards.
Al Rayyani(4-2-3-1): S Al Hajiri as goalkeeper, Khalilzadeh, Traore, jumaa and Alaaeldin being the defenders, F Kom, A Maqsoud, M Awad, A Hatem and Al Hadhrami as midfielders and Y Boli as the lone forward.
Predictions and Telecast Source
FC Goa 2-2 Al Rayyani
Telecast:- Star Network will telecast the match live on star sports 3 and Disney + Hotstar.
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