Goa and Kerala look to build on recent upturn in form
Both sides have had a revival in recent games.
FC Goa and Kerala Blasters will look to build on their positive results in the last couple of matches as they face each other in the next round of the Hero Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda-Goa, on Monday.
FC Goa have got off to a bad start as The Guars started the season with three straight defeats, while a draw and a victory over Mumbai City FC in the last two matches resulted in 4 points. At the other end Kerala Blasters are also going through the same situation as after facing defeats in the starting two matches, they have managed to grab 5 points from last 3 matches.
Zico made a number of changes in the last away match against Mumbai City FC which did the trick for him and he will be looking to field a similar team to the one that won the three points in the metro city. Gregory Armolin and Dumas will start from the centre of the defense, while Keegan Almeida and Raju Gaikwad will support them from the sides. Richarlyson was brilliant in the last match and scored a goal which helped them to register their first win of the season, this will force Zico to put him in the heart of the midfield. Trindade Goncalves is one of the players of the Goan team who is giving his best from the start of the season and will definitely start against Blasters, while Pratesh Shirodkar, who played an impressive role in the midfield on his debut, is also likely to start.
At the other end Blasters head coach Steve Coppell is likely to field the same team which earned a point against FC Pune City.
Head to Head
Out of the four matches between these two sides, Blasters have managed only one win and it was in the inaugural season, where they got the better of the Goan team with a 1-0 win in Kochi. The Goans have won the other three games.
Man to Watch
Trindade Gonçalves-FC Goa: The Brazilian midfielder was superb in the last matches and has produced potential chances for the Goan team. As witnessed in the last matches, the midfielder is known for the accuracy of his shots and has the most shots on target for the Guars. With his ability to surprise opponents with pace and control on the ball he will definitely create a problem for the Blasters back four.
Cedric Hengbart-Kerala Brasters: The centre-back is one of the best defenders in the ISL. The French defender was solid in the last match against FC Pune City and completed four interceptions. He is also deadly from set-pieces as he is always at the right place at right time. He also scored in the last match. The Goan forwards will have a hard time getting past the French defender.
FC GOA: (4-3-3) Chowdhury, Gaikwad, Dumas,Gregory, Almeida, Pratesh, Robin, Goncalves, Jofre, Richarlyson, Coelho.
Kerala Blasters: (4-4-1-1) Nandy, Jhingan, Hughes, Hengbart, Currais, Rafique, Hossain, Mahamat, Nazon, Chopra, Rafi.
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports 2, HD2, Star Sports 1, HD1, Star Gold, Star Gold HD, Jalsha Movies, Jalsha Movies HD and Hotstar. You can also follow Live text commentary of the game on Khelnow.com.
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Preview by Khel Now Correspondent Ravish Narvekar from Goa . A true Football enthusiast & a die hard Liverpool fan. Ravish also enjoys travelling & he's an avid foodie.
Published: Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:15 AM IST