FC Goa vs NorthEast United: 3 key battles to look out for

posted in Match Preview by Sarthak Sharma on 6th January 2020

posted in Match Preview

by Sarthak Sharma

on 6th January 2020

FC Goa vs NorthEast United: 3 key battles to look out for

FC Goa are back at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa for their next Hero Indian Super League (ISL) game, and take on NorthEast United with the aim to restore their advantage at the top of the table.

The Gaurs were beaten 2-1 by Bengaluru FC in their last match, but had plenty of positives to take from the game and can perhaps consider themselves a touch unfortunate to leave the Garden City without even a point.

That being said, heads aren’t dropping anywhere in the Goan camp, and the focus is firmly on the team’s next clash at home on Wednesday, 8 January.

The match against NorthEast could see some interesting clashes in defence, midfield and attack, and we have three such battles lined up for you below:

#3 Carlos Peña vs Asamoah Gyan

Carlos Peña has appeared in all of FC Goa’s 11 matches so far in the ISL, and will undoubtedly be one of the first names on the team sheet as NorthEast United come to town.

Peña and Mourtada Fall look set to start together in central defence and will have their hands full as the opposition possesses a striker that is no stranger to fans of European football.

Asamoah Gyan will in all likelihood lead the attack for the Highlanders, and could come up against Peña several times during the game.

The big central defender will be keen to help his side keep a clean sheet in this one, and stopping Gyan from scoring could go a long way in achieving just that.

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#2 Hugo Boumous vs Federico Gallego

Hugo Boumous scored a lovely goal for FC Goa in their last game against Bengaluru FC, and is in fine form as the clash against NorthEast United comes around.

And it is likely that the Frenchman will need all that good form as he comes across another midfield general in Federico Gallego.

Gallego was injured for much of the season so far, but is back now after surgery, and should be a starter for head coach Robert Jarni after coming off the bench in the Highlanders’ previous match against Kerala Blasters.

Boumous’ industry and will to drive forward could be key for the reigning Super Cup Champions in this game, and his goal scoring threat will surely pose a problem for the opposition.

#1 Coro vs Kai Heerings

Ferran Corominas heads into this encounter with NorthEast as FC Goa’s top scorer, but without a goal in his previous match.

While that doesn’t seem like much, a goal-scoring machine-like Coro would be chomping at the bit to get back on the scoresheet for his side against NorthEast and give the home fans more to cheer about.

His task could be made difficult however with the presence of Kai Heerings in the NorthEast United squad.

The big Dutchman is always up for a nice battle and will have his hands full dealing with the movement and ability of a striker the quality of Coro, so fans will surely enjoy this clash once the action begins at Fatorda on Wednesday.