Hyderabad FC vs FC Goa Preview: A new kinda duel

posted in Match Preview by FC Goa Official on 7th December 2019

posted in Match Preview

by FC Goa Official

on 7th December 2019

Hyderabad FC vs FC Goa Preview: A new kinda duel

FC Goa goes into the game against Hyderabad FC on Sunday looking to get back to winning ways after having failed to clinch all 3 points in each of their last two games. The game on Sunday at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Hyderabad will see the Gaurs move into unfamiliar terrain with this being the side’s first-ever visit to the Cyber City playground.  

The Men in Orange have blown hot and cold this season but their sense of fight and an eagerness to go till the final whistle has served them well. 

Sergio Lobera has seen his men clinch a point in dramatic fashion three times already this season. Goals in stoppage time against Bengaluru FC, NorthEast United and Kerala Blasters (the last two coming with the Gaurs having 10 men on the pitch) currently sees them stand 5th on the table with 9 points from 6 games. 

The point tally is currently the lowest that FC Goa has had after six games in any season under Lobera. 

A big reason for the paltry return so far has been the Gaurs’ battle with injuries and suspensions. Three red cards and a suspension has meant that FC Goa have missed the services of Ahmed Jahouh for a game, whilst Hugo Boumous and Seiminlen Doungel have also missed two and three games respectively owing to suspensions. 

Last year’s finalists will, however, miss the services of Mourtada Fall after the Senegalese defender was shown a red in Goa’s last game against Kerala Blasters.

The Challenge Ahead

Hyderabad currently sits at the bottom of the table with four points from their six games and will look to record only their second win of the season when they come up against Sergio Lobera’s FC Goa on Sunday night. 

However, if their last game was anything to go by, the men from the City of Nizams will be more than expected a spirited fight against the Gaurs. Dominated for the majority of the game and a man down, the Hyderabad FC boys showed real grit to stage a late comeback to spoil Bengaluru’s party.

With the team in its fledgeling days, chemistry still seems to be an issue that Phil Brown’s side is looking to overcome. The team, though, still has a number of names with much pedigree and experience in the ISL.

One such name is former ISL Golden Boot winner Marcelinho. The Brazilian played an instrumental part in Pune’s win over FC Goa last season and scored against the Gaurs in both legs of the teams’ encounters. 

Marko Stankovic, Adil Khan and Robin Singh have also time and again proved to be names to keep an eye on in previous years. 

The Gaffer’s Call

Heading into the game on Sunday, Sergio Lobera remained unfazed of the past couple of results, vowing to make the best of the situation in hand.

“All matches in the ISL are difficult and Sunday’s game will not be anything different,” explained the Spaniard. “This season has been one of the toughest so far and that reflects on the table. Irrespective of what position Hyderabad is in, it will be a mistake on our part if we take them lightly.”

Stats and facts

1 – FC Goa has won only 1 of their last 5 games

3 – The Gaurs have seen 3 players being shown the red card in their last 4 games

3 – Brandon Fernandes leads the league is assists with 3 from 6 games

5 – The Gaurs will find 5 former players in the opposition camp on Sunday with Robin Singh, Laxmikant Kattimani, Sahil Tavora, Mohammad Yasir and Keenan Almeida in the Hyderabad ranks

6 – FC Goa has the highest number of goal contributions in the league from defenders with 6 

6 – No one has scored more goals against FC Goa than Marcelinho, who has scored 6 goals in 6 games against the Gaurs which includes a hat-trick during his time in Delhi

7 – Ferran Corominas still leads the league in terms of Shots on Target. The Spaniard has had 7 shots on the mark in 4 games so far

12 – After coming out as top goalscorers in each of the last two seasons of the ISL, the Gaurs see themselves at the top of the goalscoring charts yet again with 12 strikes to their name

77.5 – Coro leads the league in terms of percentage of shots on target (for players with at least 5 shots on goal). The Spaniard’s has recorded 77.5% of his shots on target