The Indian Super League is underway in full flow as the completion of its first-week approaches. To kick-start another week of enthralling football, we have a mouthwatering clash in our hands. FC Goa will take on Jamshedpur FC in the Fatorda Stadium, Margao.
Jamshedpur FC split points with SC East Bengal in their first match of this season. Meanwhile, FC Goa were brushed aside by Mumbai City FC in a humbling 3-0 defeat. Both teams will look to gather some momentum and win their first match of this season when they lock horns today.
Jamshedpur will look to capitalize on FC Goa’s slow start. The odds have previously been in Goa’s favor having won 5 out of the 8 encounters that have taken place between the two outfits but Jamshedpur will fancy their chances after a solid stalemate against SC East Bengal.
Following their 3-0 drubbing against Mumbai City FC, the outfit from Goa will look to move on and kickstart their points tally with a win against Jamshedpur FC. They have been the better side against Jamshedpur FC having come out on top in the majority of matches between them. The last three encounters have an aggregate of 10-1 in FC Goa’s favor.
FC Goa should fancy their chances. Having finished in the knockout places last season, FC Goa would want to replicate that feat and 3 points against Jamshedpur will be the perfect reaction to their previous result.
Jamshedpur FC played out a sound draw against SC East Bengal in their first fixture. The timing of their fixture against Goa is perfect. They will head into the fixture with confidence and look to make matters worse for the outfit from Goa after their opening week thrashing. The confidence will be low in FC Goa’s camp and Jamshedpur FC will look to capitalize on that.
Jamshedpur FC missed out on the knockout places by a mere 4 points last season. They will look to build on that solid mid-table finish and qualify for the knockouts this season starting with their first win of the season against FC Goa.
There were no injuries involved in their outing against Mumbai City FC. The coach Juan Ferrando will have the entire squad at his discretion for selection. Alberto Noguera, one of the vital cogs in the FC Goa machinery and last season’s winner of the DHL Winning Pass of the League thanks to his 8 assists, will look to be the talisman for this team again.
The core of the squad, including five foreign players, remains with the team and there is a solid foundation from last season that the coach will look to build upon.
Jamshedpur FC also had the luck of having no injuries in their first match of the season. They will look to build on their first point after drawing in their first fixture. Peter Hartley will look to continue his bright run of form after grabbing a goal in the inaugural match of their season.
FC Goa(4-2-3-1): Dheeraj Singh(GK); Leander D’Cunha, Sena Ralte, Ivan Gonzalez, Sanson Pereira; Edu Bendia, Glan Martins, Alexander Jesuraj, Alberto Noguera, Saviour Gama; Airam Cabrera.
Jamshedpur FC (4-4-2): TP Rehenesh (GK); Lallawmawma, Peter Hartley, Eli Sabia, Renthlei; Pronay Halder, Alex Lima, Boris Singh, Seiminlen Doungel; Nerijus Valskis, Ishan Pandita.
FC GOA 2 – 1 JAMSHEDPUR FC
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