FC Goa to take the field minus Coro
Jamshedpur, Oct 31: Eager for their second win in the Indian Super League (ISL), Jamshedpur FC will be against high scoring FC Goa side at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Thursday.
The match will be Jamshedpur’s third home game as the two earlier games ended in a draw.
With ISL football matches captivating sports lovers, 22 thousand tickets for the Jamshedpur FC-FC Goa home match have already been sold as per information till 7 pm.
According to a JFC official, “The craze for the game has been growing with every game and likewise 22 thousand tickets have already been sold for the tie versus FC Goa. The crowd for JFC’s first home match against ATK, which ended in a 1-1 draw on October 21, was over 22 thousand and more than 20 thousand people watched the tie against Kerala Blasters FC”.
Cesar Ferrando men started their campaign with victory at Mumbai City but have since played successive draws against Bengaluru FC, ATK, NorthEast United and Kerala Blasters. The home team will look to break the draw jinx as be back to winning ways.
The Jamshedpur-based outfit looked to have broken that frustrating run in the clash against Kerala but two second-half goals from David James’ men put paid to all such hopes.
Despite that setback, Ferrando will be glad that his star signing Tim Cahill got off the mark in the league with his first-half goal.
With his first goal on Indian soil which was a diving header, Cahill will be one man FC Goa will have to watch out for. Michael Soosairaj had a good game on the wings and Ferrando will want the youngster to build on that performance against Goa.
The Spanish coach’s side are one of the four remaining unbeaten teams in the league and will be locking horns with an opponent who have been firing on all cylinders.
Unlike Jamshedpur, Goa started their campaign with a draw against the NorthEast United before registering three impressive wins on the trot.
Lobera’s men have been turning heads with their goal-scoring exploits and have already registered 14 of them so far in four matches.
FC Goa’s Ferran Corominas is in sizzling form, registering six goals and four assists to his name already but the striker will miss the game due to a suspension.
It must be noted that besides Corominas, five other players have contributed to FC Goa’s 14 goals so far. While Lobera mentioned that Corominas’ absence will be a big loss, one would expect the rest of the players to step up and ensure that they do not miss the experienced Spaniard.
Last season’s Golden Boot winner Corominas has once again been a key for Goa with the Spanish forward currently the joint top-scorer with six goals and four assists to his name.
The Gaurs have prevailed over Jamshedpur in both their previous meetings in the ISL last season. Can they continue that dominance in the absence of their star forward?