Chennaiyan FC vs FC Goa
Indian Super League
CFC VS FCG MATCH PREVIEW:
Chennaiyan FC host FC Goa in the 2nd leg semifinal of Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with Bengaluru FC having already qualified for the final which will be played at Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at 8 pm onwards.
The hosts are favorites in this tie after scoring the all-important away goal in the first leg and need only a 0-0 draw to enter the final.
However, it's easier said than done and keeping Goa's forward line quiet throughout the match may prove to be a daunting task as the Gaurs have been the most prolific team in the ISL 2018 after scoring a mammoth 42 goals during the league stage.
The match could prove to be a game of chess as Chennai are also solid in defense as they have conceded the 3rd fewest goals in ISL this season. So it's Goa's forward line vs the hosts' impenetrable defense that makes it a must watch tie.
Chennai will once again rely on the center-back duo of Mailson Alves and Henrique Sereno who again were solid in the last game. While Goa will look up to the intimidating pair of Ferran Corominas (18 Goals) and Manuel Lanzarote Bruno (13 Goals) who have scored the most combined goals in ISL this season.
When: March 13th, 08:00 PM IST
Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Chennaiyan FC – D W D D W D
FC Goa – L D W W W D
CFC vs FCG TEAM NEWS:
John Gregory have a full strength team to choose from as there are no suspensions and injuries. However, Chennai will be concerned about the form of their star forward Jeje Lalpekhlua who fluffed the line innumerous times against Goa in the first leg.
Singh (GK); J. Lalrinzuala, Sereno, Mailson, I. Calderon, G. Nelson, B. Singh, D. Ganesh, F. Fernandes, Jeje, Raphael Augusto
As far as the forward line is concerned, Sergio Lobera will not have a second thought about choosing his strikers. With 31 goals between them, Ferran Corominas, and Manuel Lanzarote Bruno have been the most deadly finisher in ISL this season.
Kattimani (GK); S. Fernandes, S. Juste, Chinglensana, N. Das, A. Jahouh, P. Halder, M. Lanzarote, E. Bedia, M. Desai, Corominas
Chennaiyan FC- 2015 ISL Champions
FC Goa- They are chasing their maiden ISL title
Head 2 Head (Last six games)
Chennaiyan FC- 03 wins
FC Goa- 03 wins
Chennaiyan FC – Fernandes, Jeje, Raphael Augusto
FC Goa – Lanzarote, Corominas, Bedia
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Chennai will be playing at home and have been hard to score against. But FC Goa just know how to pierce even the most stoic defense. So based on these stats, the game could be decided by an odd goal with Goa certainly under pressure to score first after conceding an away goal in the first leg. That may play into Chennai's hands.
It's hard to predict actually-
But a 1-1 draw and the extra time is our prediction with Chennai winning on penalties.
CFC VS FCG FANTASY TEAM:
NOTE: THIS CFC VS FCG MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.