Both FC Goa and Kerala Blasters will be desperately looking to grab their first three points when they face off in an Indian Super League match on Sunday. They haven’t been able to taste success in their last 3 outings.
Past records of both sides will give an edge to FC Goa, head to head they have clashed 12 times with FC Goa having won on eight occasions while losing thrice. The Gaurs are also on a six-match unbeaten run against Kerala and will aim to continue that at the home venue Fatorda Stadium.
Currently, both sides find themselves in the bottom half of the table with just two points each. And there is a lot to worry about for both the coaches as they head for the Sunday clash.
While Kerala have dominated possession against all their opponents so far, they haven’t been efficient in the final third of the pitch and have struggled to create chances.
Kerala are yet to score a goal from open play this season. Both their goals so far have come from set-pieces. At the back, Kibu Vicuna’s side has appeared shaky. The two-time finalists have also been dealt a huge blow with captain Sergio Cidoncha likely to be out of action for a while.
Vicuna said, “Every team is a different challenge. It’s true we have more similarities with FC Goa because of a similar style of play. It’s going to be a battle to have more of the ball. But they are going to play their cards and so will we.”
FC Goa have managed the highest possession in the ISL so far. But despite that, Juan Ferrando’s men have also dropped points from promising positions in their previous two encounters.
The Gaurs have also shipped in four goals, all of which have come through set-pieces. They will be hoping to tighten things up at the back. They are set to be without midfielder Alberto Noguera, who will miss the game through suspension.
Ferrando said , “For our supporters, I want them to enjoy the game because it is two teams trying to play football. I’m sure it’s going to be a beautiful game.”
It is expected to be an open game with both teams having a similar style of play.