FCG vs JFC Dream11: FC Goa will be looking to stretch their unbeaten start to the new season when they host Jamshedpur FC in the regular season of Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda Stadium), in Goa, tomorrow, on Tuesday evening (IST). Goa have two wins and two draws from their first four games, while Jamshedpur's unbeaten start to the new season ended before the international break.
Goa have certainly made a better start to the current season. They opened the campaign with a 3-0 thrashing of two-time winners Chennaiyin FC, but two draws in the subsequent games halted the momentum. However, the Gaurs returned to the winning ways following a fine display at Mumbai City. The 2-4 win was no less than what Sergio Lobera's men deserved. The Gaurs sit 3rd on the table but will be moving to the top with a win over Jamshedpur FC.
As for Jamshedpur FC, the unbeaten start ended before the international break as they went down 3-1 at ATK. The defeat in the last game means the Men of Steel have collected only one point from the last two games. That said, Jamshedpur remains in a better state and could finish round-5 at 2nd provided they beat FC Goa in this game.
FC Goa: Win | 2-4 away against Mumbai City
Jamshedpur FC: Defeat | 3-1 away against ATK
Host: FC Goa
Visitors: Jamshedpur FC
Match Timing: November 26, @ 07: 30 PM
Match Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda Stadium)
Indian Super League may still be in its infancy, as compared to the other leagues in the world, but few teams have managed to carve out a unique name for themselves, with FC Goa certainly being a team who loves to be on the front foot. They are hard to beat at home, the goals are almost a guarantee when they play. Jamshedpur FC are capable of beating any team, but doing that away against the Gaurs, when the visitors got blown away by the still-developing ATK team. That's why backing the Men of Steel to get a win against an established side like Goa is an odd too high to back at this moment.
FC Goa to win: 1.80 (4/5), Probability to happen: 55.56%
Jamshedpur FC to win: 3.60 (13/5), Probability to happen: 27.78%
Draw: 3.50 (5/2), Probability to happen: 28.57%
FC Goa team news: FC Goa players Seiminlen Doungel and Hugo Boumous received suspension orders from All India Football Association (AIFF) for misconduct during the Indian Super League match between FC Goa and NorthEast United on November 1. Doungel has been given three-game suspension, while Doungel has been suspended for two games. The duo won't be available for this match as a result.
No other concern for Sergio Lobera ahead of this game. Brandon Fernandes should keep Manvir Singh out of the starting 11 and should start on the left-wing.
As for the change, Edu Bedia is fit and is likely to come into the playing 11 as a like-for-like replacement for the suspended Hugo Boumous.
Jamshedpur FC team news: The visitors could be without their star midfielder Piti, who picked up a hamstring injury during Jamshedpur's 3-1 defeat against ATK before the international break. He is the only player on Jamshedpur's injury list before this game.
If Piti fails to shake off the injury, his absence will open a spot for another foreign player, and in that case, Noe Acosta is the most likely player to get the nod in the starting 11. Mobashir Rahman could move back into the midfield alongside Aitor Monroy. Aniket Jadhav is expected to replace Farukh Choudhary in te playing 11.
FC Goa: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Mandar Rao Desai, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh, Jackichand Singh, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Ferran Corominas
Jamshedpur FC: Subrata Paul (GK), Memo, Tiri, Keegan Pereira, Robin Gurung, Aitor Monroy, Piti, Mobashir Rahman, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Farukh Choudhary, Sergio Castel
Goalkeeper: S Paul
Defenders: C Pena, M Fall, Tiri
Midfielders: M R Dessai, B Fernandez, E Bedia (C), M Moura, N Acosta
Attack: Manvir, S Castel (VC)
FC Goa are favourite to win the game.