The Malabarians will enter the match with a victory in the previous fixture. They will focus to continue their winning run. On other hand, Aizawl FC lost their first match and recently changed their head coach. With the new coach, the former champions will try to track back to their true form.
Aizawl FC are sitting in 10th place and haven’t earned a point yet. They suffered a goalless defeat against Punjab FC in the last match.
Gokulam Kerala FC are sitting in the 6th position with 3 points. The Durand Cup champion have played 2 matches and won one and lost one.
Aizawl FC vs Gokulam Kerala FC preview:
Kerala FC already showed their capability in a previous match where they were trailing by 2 goals in the first half but showed a brilliant performance to come back in 2nd half to snatch 3 points from Punjab FC. They won the match with a 4-3 scoreline. The Malbarian coach believes the team needs improvement. He said,
“90 minutes is a long time. A lot can happen as we saw in our last match but I honestly feel we can still improve and perform better on the pitch.”
The Italian boss thinks the former I-league champions Aizawl FC is a “very dangerous” side. He added,
“Aizawl are a pretty balanced side who can be very dangerous. They have a good mix of foreigners and Indian local players. We have to be absolutely apt on our startegies to get the job done.”
Aizawl FC started their I-league 2021 campaign with a defeat against Punjab FC but the former champion are confident to bounce back from the defeat. The Aizawl FC coach Gosen Rammawia believes they deserved a draw at least if no mistakes were made. He said,
“We deserved at least a draw in our first match against Punjab FC but due to a defensive error we lost. We have rectified our mistakes and look to face a strong team tomorrow.”
The coach doesn’t want to take Kerala FC “lightly” as he added,
“We cannot take anything for granted against Gokulam. Their last performance shows that they can come back and win the game even after going down two goals. In no way can we take a side like that lightly.”
The two times champion side’s skipper Alfred Jarayan praised the opponent side and sees them as “a very strong opponent”. He stated,
“The way Gokulam played in the last match makes them a really difficult team to beat. Coming back from two goals down is not easy, let alone to win after that. It will be a tough match for us against a very strong opponent,”
Aizawl FC: L L D D L
Gokulam Kerala FC: W L W D D
Predicted Line Up and Score:
Aizawl FC:– Zothanmawia(GK), L. Rammawia, P. Laldinpuia, R. Kasagga, V. Chhakchhuak, J. Vanlalalhruaia, A. Jaryan, H. Lalmuankima, B. Vanlalremdika, Lalmuanzova, P. Emeka
Gokulam Kerala FC:- U. Ck(GK), M. Awal, D. Devrani, A. Saji, N. H. Singh, Lalromawia, S. Muhammed, S. Mukhammad, Mayakkannan, P. Adjah, D. Antwi.
Aizawl FC 2-1 Gokulam Kerala FC