It’s the final of Indian Super League as Mumbai host last year’s beaten finalists Bengaluru FC and the home club Mumbai City FC at Mumbai Football Arena, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, on Sunday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Indian Super League, The Grand Final
Teams: Bengaluru FC and FC Goa
Kick Off: Sunday 17 March
Match Timing: 07:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Mumbai Football Arena (7,790)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Indian Super League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
It’s a dream final for football fans in India. Not only it pits the first vs second but the two most attack-minded teams will be squaring off for the ultimate prize in Indian football. Without a shadow of any doubt, both the teams deserve their place in the final and whoever wins the tournament is going to be a worthy winner.
After losing the last year’s final, Bengaluru FC may be extra-motivated to amend for the loss. However, Goa have their own scores to settle in the final, having lost a semi-final in 2014 and 2015 final to Chennaiyin FC.
There is not much of a difference between the teams. Both the teams are flooded with quality players, be it attack, midfield or the back. But if there is a psychological edge then it has to be with the Blues.
Carles Cuadrat’s men won both the meeting in the regular season, winning 1-2 away and 3-0 at home. So Bengaluru may know a thing or two about how to stop Ferran Corominas and Co.
But before the semifinal match against Mumbai City, Sergio Lobera was asked about his preferred opponent in the final, and without any hiccup, he pitched Bengaluru’s name. He admitted that is because of what happened in the two regular-season meetings. He wants to beat the very best in the final.
Also, the task that Cuadrat has is huge. Not only he has to devise a perfect plan to attenuate the attacking threat of Goa, but Bengaluru’s frontmen must find a way to get past the second best defensive unit.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Bengaluru FC – L L W L L W
FC Goa – W W L W W L
FCG vs BFC Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa Team News:
Injured – Defensive midfielder Erik Paartalu will be missing the grand final. The 32-year-old remains the only injury casualty.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Cuadrat won’t be making jaw-dropping changes to his playing XI. In attack, Bengaluru’s highest goal scorer Sunil Chhetri will be starting alongside Miku. Dimas Delgado will have to bring his A game to the final in the absence of Erik Paartalu. The towering Australian will definitely be missed for hsi naughty work in the midfield.
Key Players – Sunil Chhetri, Miku, Dimas Delgado
Injured – Clean bill of health.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: FC Goa look a complete team. Not only they boast the league’s highest goal scorer in their ranks in Ferran Corominas, but Ahmed Jahouh is the midfield general who makes this team click. The 30-year-old Moroccan has made the most passes in the league this season, and also leads in the dirty work, making 113 tackles this season. If Bengaluru are able to stifle him, they stand a great chance in winning the coveted final.
Key Players – Ferran Corominas, Edu Bedia
FCG vs BFC Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Bengaluru FC– Gurpreet (GK), Nishu, Juanan, Bheke, Khabra, Barrera, Dimas, Xisco, Udanta, Chhetri, Miku
FC Goa– Naveen (GK), Mandar, Mourtada, Pena, Seriton, Jahouh, Rodrigues, Brandon, Bedia, Jackichand, Corominas
FCG vs BFC Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
It’s a one-off game, and it’s a final. No team can be an outright favorite in these sorts of game. FC Goa pose a mammoth attacking threat and a very stoic midfield. Bengaluru will have to be on the guard for the full 90 minutes.
Again, it’s a difficult call but Goa look complete at this moment, and we back them to win the match.
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