ISL Playoffs 2021, Semi-final leg 1: FC Goa vs. Mumbai FC, Stats Preview

posted in Match Preview by FC Goa Official on 4th March 2021

posted in Match Preview

by FC Goa Official

on 4th March 2021

ISL Playoffs 2021, Semi-final leg 1: FC Goa vs. Mumbai FC, Stats Preview

None come this far to just come this far. And for FC Goa and Juan Ferrando, who are currently on a league-record 13-game unbeaten run – they would look to qualify for their third ISL Final in seven seasons, stretching their good form of late for a little while longer. 

Over the last couple of months, the Gaurs have strung together a string of impressive results, helping them to the final four in Ferrando’s first season at the helm. 

Up against them next would be a familiar foe in a new avatar – garlanded by a number of familiar faces. Mumbai City FC, under former FC Goa head coach Sergio Lobera, would look to take Mumbai to their first-ever ISL final after finishing the league in top position in the league stage.

With a place in the ISL final at stake, here are some numbers you need to keep your eyes on as the two sides battle it out in the first leg of the semis on Friday night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.

9: Only ATK Mohun Bagan (6) have conceded fewer goals from open play than the Gaurs (9). While injuries and suspensions have meant that Juan Ferrando has had to change this around the back time and again, the defence has held its own especially when it comes to threats from open play. Mumbai are one spot behind on 10.  The league average is 15.

11.6 – FC Goa leads the league in Challenge Intensity Index (number of challenges and interceptions made by defending team per minute opponent’s ball possession) at 11.6. Mumbai is 5th on the table at 9.5 while the league average is 9.3. 

18.8 – No one plays as many short passes in the league as much as Goa and Mumbai. The Gaurs average distance of a pass is 18.8m while that of Mumbai is 19m. The league average is 20.3 metres. 

23: The Gaurs still lead the league in terms of goals from open play. Juan Ferrando’s men have scored 23 goals aways from set-piece situations with 18 coming from positional plays and 5 on counter-attacks. Mumbai are 4th on the list with 17 to their name.  The league average is 15.

40 – Mumbai ranks lowest in the league in terms of average interceptions made by a team in a game. The Islanders make 40 interceptions per game – joint lowest with Bengaluru. Meanwhile, FC Goa on average make 43 per game (8th in the league). The league average is 46.

53:  No midfielder has committed as many fouls as Ahmed Jahouh this season. The Moroccan has committed 53 fouls. He is also the only player to be shown more than one red card this season. The most fouls committed by an FC Goa player this season is Edu Bedia with 38 to his name.  

84: FC Goa and Mumbai City are known for playing football which puts ball possession as one of the vital aspects of their philosophy. The two teams have time and again outwitted their opponent with quick short passes and that shows up in the number. The two sides lead the league in terms of the accuracy of short passes (0-10m) – 84%. The league average is 79%. However, in their last game, the Islanders were restricted to 71% accuracy on their short passes while the Gaurs enjoyed 83% success. 

113: No duo in the Indian Super League suffers as many fouls as FC Goa Jorge Ortiz and Alberto Noguera. This season has seen the Spanish duo being fouled on 113 occasions with Ortiz leading the league in terms of the same with 59 fouls against him. Mumbai’s most-fouled duo is Cy Goddard and Adam Le Fondre. Between them, they have accumulated 65 fouls against them. 

225: In their last meetings against the Gaurs which ended in a 3-3 draw, the Islanders were restricted to only 225 passes completed – enjoying an accuracy of 62% on forward passes. Juan Ferrando’s men, on the other hand, completed 418 passes with an accuracy of 86% . 783: No two teams combined produce as many actions (total number of all types of passes, including crosses and set pieces, passes, challenges, interceptions, picking ups, free balls, dribbles the ball, bad ball controls and all kinds of shots including goals, shots saved and goals conceded) in a game as FC Goa and Mumbai City put together. The Gaurs lead the league with 783 actions per game with Mumbai in second place with 758.  The league average in 686.