ATK vs FC Goa: 3 Gaurs to watch out for

posted in Match Preview by Sarthak Sharma on 13th January 2020

posted in Match Preview

by Sarthak Sharma

on 13th January 2020

ATK vs FC Goa: 3 Gaurs to watch out for

FC Goa take on ATK FC in their next Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter, and this top of the table clash has the makings of a classic.

With Goa now leading the ISL table, ATK have something to prove, and will come up against a side that is not short on confidence this season.

The Gaurs have looked impressive since the season began, and continued their good work against NorthEast United FC at Fatorda last time out. A second half blitz ensured that the points were made safe, and momentum is now firmly with the reigning Super Cup Champions.

As for ATK, their defeat to Kerala Blasters leaves them in a spot of bother, and despite playing at home against FC Goa next, Antonio Lopez Habas’ men will have their work cut out for them.

As the game rolls in, here are three players from FC Goa who could make the difference at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata:

#3 Mohammad Nawaz

FC Goa kept a clean sheet against NorthEast United last time out, and a lot of the credit for it needs to go to Mohammad Nawaz.

Not for the first time this season, the Goa custodian was in sparkling form, and after a slight mistake against Bengaluru FC, Nawaz was back to his best at Fatorda.

The Manipuri has kept four clean sheets already this season, and keeping one against ATK away from home would be yet another feather in his cap during a marvellous season for the goalkeeper.

Coming up against the goal scoring prowess of Roy Krishna will surely not be an easy task, but if anyone can stop the former ISL Champions from scoring, it is Mohammad Nawaz.

#2 Hugo Boumous

Hugo Boumous has been one of the standout players for the Gaurs this season, and his impact continues to propel the team forward.

The Frenchman was on target during the defeat against Bengaluru FC, and his silky skills were on display again when the Gaurs beat the Highlanders at home.

He will need all that and more against a tough ATK midfield in the next game however, and Hugo’s natural ability suggests it might not be such a tough task for the midfielder.

Four goals from eight matches for Boumous makes him one of the most prolific players in the FC Goa squad, and his willingness to get forward could result in goals for the Gaurs against ATK.

#1 Coro

Coro or goal machine? Call him what you want, the class of Ferran Corominas is undeniable.

His midas touch in front of goal has been key to everything the Gaurs have achieved in a short period of time, and the club would need his goal scoring form to continue even against ATK.

Coro won a penalty and scored it against NorthEast United, but that wasn’t the only opportunity the Spaniard managed to muster up during the game, which bodes well considering he is always one of the marked players on the pitch.

ATK will have a game plan to try and stop Coro, but the striker has shown that nothing fazes him, and scoring against the ISL giants would be the icing on the cake for the league’s top scorer.