FC Goa vs Kerala Blasters: 3 Gaurs to watch out for

posted in Match Preview by Sarthak Sharma on 24th January 2020

posted in Match Preview

by Sarthak Sharma

on 24th January 2020

FC Goa vs Kerala Blasters: 3 Gaurs to watch out for

FC Goa are up against Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda next, and the stakes are high heading into this crunch clash.

While Kerala have faltered, the Gaurs have been impressive, though a couple of away defeats have forced a bit of rethinking in the camp.

The game against Kerala comes at a good time for the Men in Orange, with a victory enough to take them back to the top of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) standings with a crucial part of the season on its way.

The big players need to stand up and be counted, and here are three of them tipped to fire against the Tuskers on Saturday.

#3 Brandon Fernandes

Brandon might end up being the key component as FC Goa take on Kerala Blasters at home come Saturday.

The Goan play maker was suspended for the Gaurs’ previous ISL clash against ATK, and his absence hurt the team as chances were at a premium.

Brandon’s ability to find the back of the net and provide assists might be the missing piece of the puzzle this time around with dangerous players such as Hugo Boumous and Ferran Corominas more than capable of firing the home side into the lead.

With the game against Kerala expected to be open, Brandon might be the individual most likely to unlock the door and perhaps even get on the score sheet.

#2 Jackichand Singh

Another FC Goa star missing from the defeat against ATK was Jackichand Singh, and it proved costly as the right wing was nowhere near as dynamic as when Jacki is on the pitch.

Good news for fans now though, as it appears that the Manipuri player is back fit and raring to go ahead of kick-off against the Blasters.

His pace caused all sorts of problems for NorthEast United when the Gaurs played their last home game, and chances are that he will find that kind of space again this weekend.

His delivery from the right has improved in recent matches, and should he able to find a teammate inside the box, expect the ball to nestle in the back of the net.

#1 Ferran Corominas

It isn’t often that the name Coro isn’t on the match day score sheet, but that did happen when FC Goa played ATK at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Coro may not have scored, but he did cause problems to the opposition defenders as usual, and arguably should have been awarded a penalty in the first half of that game.

Against Kerala, the Spaniard will be chomping at the bit to get back into goal scoring form, especially since he has lost his top scorer title recently too.

Coro will fancy himself in front of the home support against the Blasters on Saturday, and one can expect him to get back to his raging best at the earliest.