Two times champion Chennaiyin FC face two time finalists FC Goa in the season 6 opener. Sergio Lobera has been incredible in his management and the side has looked tough since he took over. The Gaurs have a fearsome offensive unit that can trouble any defense. FC Goa are one of the most balanced side this season and don’t be surprised if they lift the Hero ISL trophy this year.
Here is the head to head details between FC Goa and Chennaiyan FC
If you were the one in Baga or Calangute beach enjoying last year’s Indian Super League final between Bengaluru FC and FC Goa, it must have been your best Goa trip so far. We bet it! The Goa fans are super-enthusiastic and last year’s final was moment to cherish them though they failed to lift the trophy.
Keeping the momentum that of last year, Sergio Lobera’s side would start the campaign with bang. Lobera is now entering his third season at the helm of the Gaurs. Ferran Corominas, who has been banging in goals non-stop for the last two years, will lead Goa from the front-lines, while the industrious duo of Edu Bedia and Hugo Boumous will be tasked with creating opportunities for the Spanish striker. Attack, attack and attack is the policy for Goa so far
FC Goa is a club which boasts persistent attacks, skill on the ball and a gung-ho approach in matches designed to overcome oppositions. After reaching two semi-finals and two finals , including 2018-19 one, Gaurs will definitely look to conquer the trophy. FC Goa’s attacking philosophy is quite known now and with almost the same squad at his disposal, Goa fan can expect Sergio Lobera to have fine-tuned his tactics much further.
Attack, attack and attack. With Ferran Corominas, Edu Bedia, Telem Jackichand Singh, Mandar Rao Dessai the attack seems to be a formidable one. Talking about their defence there will be no slouch either, with Mourtada Fall and Carlos Pena guarding the heart of their defence and the talented Chinglensana and Ranawade backing them up.
It was seen last year that FC Goa loses ball possession at moments. FC Goa is one of the few clubs who will start their campaign with six foreign players – one less than the allotted cap of seven –which may prove to be of inconvenience for the longer format of the season.
After disappointing last season, Marina Machans will look to bolster their side to the top in the upcoming season. The head coach John Gregory alongside Konstantinos Rostantis (Head Coach of Medicine/ Assistant Coach) will try a new style in order to lift the trophy.
Nerijus Valskis, Dragos Fietulescu, Rafael Crivellaro and Andre Schembri are the new names on whom Chennaiyin FC can rely on. With Vishal Kaith as a goalie, defenders Lucian Goian, Jerry Lalrinzuala and midfield which consists of Anirudh Thapa, Dhanpal Ganesh , CFC will eye for the glory.
Their defence is their biggest problem. Eli Sabia and Lucian Goian are the only senior defenders from the squadron. Also, it might take time for players to know each other’s style of play. Coming to the midfield department, last season was evidential of poor midfield show. How Chennaiyin FC will play? Let time answer this question.
FC Goa secure a comprehensive 3-0 win against former champions Chennaiyin FC. Carlos Pena, Ferran Corominas and Seminlen Doungel goals sealed the win for FC Goa on home ground. Pena was at his poacher best! Chennaiyin FC started well in the midfield but failed to convert their chances.
With eight Indian players in their starting lineup, the Gaurs convincingly beat Chennaiyin in their season opener. Seiminlen Doungel (30’), Ferran Corominas (62’) and Carlos Pena (81’) were on target for the Gaurs as they began their new season in style .
Kerala Blasters host Mumbai City FC after an opening night win against ATK. For Mumbai it will be their first match of the 2019-20 campaign and head coach Jorge Costa will want to start on a positive note. Kerala generally tend to do well in the season, if they perform well at home. In 2014 and 2016, when they reached the play-offs, they had a strong home record (lost only 1 match). The last time the two teams met, it was the Islanders who dominated, coming out as 6-1 winners.
Insights- Kerala have never won their second match in Hero ISL history (3 draws and 2 losses). Out of these, 2 draws were against Mumbai (2015 and 2018-19).
Mumbai have won just once in their opening match in the Hero ISL, which came in the 2016 season.
Modou Sougou scored 4 goals in the last match when these two sides met. This was the only time a player scored four goals in a single match in Hero ISL history.
Predicted line-up: Kerala Blasters FC: Bilal Husain Khan (GK), Mohamad Rakip, Jairo Rodrigues, Gianni Zuiverloon, Mouhamadou Gning, Jessel Carneiro, Halicharan Narzary, Sergio Cidoncha, Jeakson Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Bartholomew Ogbeche
Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh (GK), Mato Grgic, Subhasish Bose, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Sarthak Golui, Rowllin Borges, Paulo Machado, Raynier Fernandes, Serge Kevyn, Amine Chermiti, Modou Sougou
Head To Head-
Kerala Blasters lost 1-0 to Mumbai City FC tonight in their second game of the season.
Amine Chermiti, the man from Tunisia gave Mumbai a crucial lead as he scored from the penalty spot sending the ball past Bilal.
Kerala’s new captain Bartholomew Ogbeche came the closest for his side but what a save by Amrinder Singh!
Mumbai City notched three points in their first 2019-20 ISL fixture with this win.
ATK got off to a flying start on home ground, crushing debutants Hyderabad FC in five goals.
A brace by David Williams and Edu Garcia helped ATK register a memorable win. ATK’s Fijian star recruit Roy Krishna also joined the party with a goal in the 27th minute.
A late header by Ghana international Asamoah Gyan handed NorthEast United their first win of this season at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati tonight.
Redeem Tlang had put the Highlanders 1-0 ahead in the starting moments of the match. However, Xisco Hernandez equalised the score at the 71st minute for Odisha. Soon after Xisco’s goal, Odisha FC were reduced to 10 men team when Carlos Delgado was shown a red card and sent off for his challenge.
Tonight’s game ended in a goalless draw as both teams failed to find the net. Mumbai City FC’s player Sarthak Golui put on a strong defensive performance as the team kept a clean sheet. Golui was awarded Hero of the Match.
At the end of the game, Mumbai is placed 2nd just below NorthEast. Chennaiyin is placed 8th on the table.
Chennaiyin FC will be looking for their 1st win of the season on home ground. Chennaiyin FC settled for a draw against Mumbai City FC at home and will now want to grab all the 3 points in front of their home fans.
On the other hand, ATK thrashed Hyderabad FC in their previous encounter and would want to carry forward the momentum.
Who will have the upper hand tonight’s evenly contested rivalry?
ATK seems to be a better team so far this season.
David Williams’ 48th minute goal helps ATK edge past Chennaiyan FC. The teams stats favoured the home team but yet they missed numerous chances. ATK are now top of the table with 6 points, same as Jamshedpur FC, but on better goal difference.
The Islanders take on ISL new boys Odisha FC tonight at the Mumbai Football Arena.
Mumbai City FC are yet to concede a goal after two games this season. Mumbai are currently placed 5th on the standings table at the end of Matchweek 2. A win against Odisha FC tonight will propel Jorge Costa and team to the top of the league standings.
Meanwhile, Odisha FC on the 9th spot are yet to register a win this season having lost both their opening games of the season (against Jameshdpur 2-1 and NorthEast 2-1).
Odisha FC stuns Mumbai City FC 4-2 for first win of the season. After a blank from the first two matches, Odisha picked up 3 points moving up 2 spots to 6th. Aridane Santana scored a brace while Jerry Mawhmingthanga and Xisco Hernandez netted one each.
Jorge Costa’s team was outplayed in the first half. A penalty conversion by Tunisian Mohamed Larbi and own goal by goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro helped the team reduce the margin to 2-4.
Tonight we will witness a clash between two unbeaten sides in the ISL 2019-20 as NorthEast United FC play hosts to FC Goa at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
NorthEast United drew 2-2 with FC Goa with both teams maintaining their unbeaten run. The table spots remain unchanged with FC Goa staying 3rd with 5 points from 3 games and NorthEast remain 4th with same points but inferior goal difference.