FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC: 3 Gaurs to watch out for

posted in Match Preview by Sarthak Sharma on 5th March 2020

posted in Match Preview

by Sarthak Sharma

on 5th March 2020

FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC: 3 Gaurs to watch out for

It’s time for take two between FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) semifinals, and Goa have it all to do.

Playing at home in the second leg of a tie is often considered an advantage, but the Gaurs need to overcome a 4-1 scoreline from the first leg in order to progress to the finals.

While Chennai will be favourites based on the first leg result, there is no way that the Men in Orange can be counted out, and the recent past suggests that this tie is well and truly alive.

With FC Goa keen to put things right, we believe that a few individuals could make all the difference, and here are the three Gaurs to keep an eye on ahead of this crucial clash:

#3 Carlos Peña

With FC Goa needing a 3-0 scoreline or better to qualify for the finals, maintaining defensive solidity is an absolute must, and one man who will be up for the challenge is Carlos Peña.

The Spaniard may not be the captain, but he is one of the most vocal players on the pitch, and his experience could prove vital at the Fortress.

Apart from his leadership skills, Peña will need to stop the likes of Nerijus Valskis and Rafael Crivellaro from making an impact, and hopefully ensure that the Gaurs keep a clean sheet.

#2 Brandon Fernandes

Brandon Fernandes

If there was ever a time to be a hero it is most certainly now. FC Goa were depleted after losing Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous to injuries in the first leg, and it proved costly.

While there is no certainty over his participation in the second leg, it is still expected that Brandon will be able to overcome his aches and pains and make an impact in front of the screaming thousands at the Fortress.

Brandon needs no introduction when it comes to his talent and importance to the squad, and it could come up trumps if he is deemed fit enough to start against the Marina Machans in the most important game of the season.

#1 Hugo Boumous

A nervous energy envelopes the whole of Goa as things stand, with football fans throughout the region hoping and praying that one man can make the difference in the semifinal second leg against Chennaiyin.

Hugo Boumous missed the first leg of the final four through injury, and the results were rather disastrous for the Gaurs.

With the necessary attacking intent missing, it seems almost imperative for the ISL table toppers to have their talisman back in the starting eleven for the second leg since it is clear that he holds the key.

With 10 assists and 11 goals so far this campaign, Boumous is the danger man without a shadow of a doubt, and hopefully he can keep himself fit enough to have a game to remember in front of the raucous home support.