FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC: 3 key battles to look 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 key battles to look out for

The stage is set for an epic semifinal second leg between FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC with the latter in command after a resounding victory in the first leg of the tie.

By virtue of their 4-1 win in the first leg, Chennai will be confident, but wary of what the Gaurs bring to the table, especially since Hugo Boumous and Brandon Fernandes are expected to return for this crunch clash.

FC Goa would need to win individual battles all around the field in order to win the tie, and here are three clashes that could stand out:

#3 Seriton Fernandes vs Lallianzuala Chhangte

Seriton vs Chhangte may well be a clash to keep an eye on once the second leg of the semifinal gets underway.

It is fair to say that the FC Goa full back didn’t quite enjoy his greatest outing in the first leg, and will be keen to put things right in front of his home crowd.

Chhangte himself bagged a goal in the first leg, and will be full of confidence as Chennai come to the Fortress.

Seriton’s willingness to get forward will have to be matched by his defensive solidity against the runs of Chhangte, and this makes for an intriguing match-up.

#2 Ahmed Jahouh vs Anirudh Thapa

Ahmed Jahouh FC Goa

Ahmed Jahouh will be the man in midfield for the Gaurs once again, and will have his work cut out for him as a confident Anirudh Thapa comes up against him.

Thapa enjoyed a stellar second half in the first leg of this encounter, and will try and cause problems at the Fortress as well.

FC Goa need to score goals, and Jahouh’s vision and passing ability could prove crucial in attack if the Gaurs are to overturn a 4-1 deficit.

#1 Hugo Boumous vs Rafael Crivellaro

Hugo Boumous FC Goa

Is it finally Hugo time again? The Gaurs could welcome Hugo Boumous back from injury just in time for the second leg against Chennaiyin, and it could prove to be the difference.

FC Goa lacked the cutting edge they normally possess in attack without the services of the Frenchman in the Marina Arena, and news of his return could make a host of difference.

He is likely to face Rafael Crivellaro in midfield at the Fortress, with the latter keen to continue his good work from the first leg.

Boumous would certainly need to win this one-on-one duel if Goa are to score goals, and expect the midfield magician to wave his wand successfully once more.