FC Goa takes on former champions Bengaluru FC at the GMC Athletic Stadium in their fifth match of the ISL 2021-22 season.
Two times runner-up FC Goa will take on former champions Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League 2021-22 season for the first time at GMC Athletic Stadium in Goa. This would be Goa’s fifth match of the season and Bengaluru’s sixth. Erstwhile two of the strongest teams in the league, both find themselves in a rather unusual position this year with FC Goa tenth on the table and Bengaluru just 2 places above them on eighth but with only one point advantage.
FC Goa will be expected to go into the game with more confidence. The Gaurs won their first points of the season, after overcoming Kolkata giants SC East Bengal 4-3 earlier this week. On the contrary, Bengaluru has gone three matches without a win with the last two ending up in a loss against Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC.
This is the worst ever start for Bengaluru in their ISL history with only four points coming in the first five games. But there’s still a lot left in the season and both teams will look to climb up the table by registering a win today and also gain some momentum for coming matches. Ahead of the clash, here are the five things we can expect to happen:
It Won’t be a Goalless Draw
FC Goa has conceded eleven goals in five games this season which is second most after SC East Bengal and they haven’t kept a clean sheet yet in this campaign. But even worrying stat is that they haven’t kept a clean sheet against Bengaluru FC ever in ISL history. The only time Blues couldn’t score against them in regulation time was in the 2018-19 ISL final when Rahul Bheke’s 117th-minute winner became the difference between the two sides. But Bengaluru has got a pretty similar record as well. They haven’t kept a CS in their last nine games either with the last clean sheet coming against Chennaiyin in February. So don’t expect either side to keep a clean sheet tonight.
Bengaluru to Open the Proceedings
In the last nine games between the two clubs, BFC has been the first to score in eight of the nine encounters. The Gaurs scored first only once which was last season, in their penultimate league encounter, a 2-1 victory for Ferrando’s side. Gaurs have conceded first in three of the four games this season as well. So they could find themselves on the back foot once again.
Cleiton Silva vs Jorge Ortiz
Both Cleiton and Jorge are overseas stars of their respective teams. And both are also leading the attack of the two teams now. Both Cleiton with 2 goals and 1 assist, and Jorge with 3 assists and 1 goal are top goal contributors of Bengaluru FC and FC Goa respectively. There won’t be any surprise if we get our Hero of the match from either of the two as both will surely look to win the game for their respective teams. In a nutshell, this could turn out to be one of the most entertaining games of ISL this season and if that happens then it will be a win for football as a whole irrespective of who takes the ball home.
Head to Head
In the Indian Super League, FC Goa and Bengaluru FC have met nine times. The Gaurs have only two victories to their name, whereas Bengaluru FC has five. The other two games finished in a stalemate.
FC Goa (3-5-2):
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (GK), Mohamed Ali, Ivan Gonzalez, Aibanbha Dohling, Seriton Fernandes, Glan Martins, Alberto Noguera, Edu Bedia, Saviour Gama, Devendra Murgaonkar, Jorge Ortiz Mendoza.
Bengaluru FC (4-3-3):
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Naorem Roshan Singh, Pratik Chaudhari, Alan Costa, Ashique Kuruniyan, Jayesh Rane, Bruno Ramires, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Prince Ibara, Cleiton Silva, Sunil Chhetri.
Bengaluru vs Goa: Match Details
Time– 7:30 PM
Where to watch– Disney+ Hotstar VIP, Star Sports Network, and JioTV
Venue– GMC Athletic Stadium, Goa, India