Jamshedpur FC vs. FC Goa: 10 things to know about the game

posted in Match Preview by Souvik Roy Chowdhury on 17th February 2020

posted in Match Preview

by Souvik Roy Chowdhury

on 17th February 2020

Jamshedpur FC vs. FC Goa: 10 things to know about the game

FC Goa goes into their final league game of the 2019/20 ISL campaign against Jamshedpur FC with history beckoning the Gaurs. Leading the table by 3 clear points, the Men in Orange will look to write a new page in history when they take on the Red Miners this Wednesday.

A point in their last game will be good enough for FC Goa to secure a place at the top of the ISL table and subsequently a spot in the AFC Champions League next season. 

This would make FC Goa, the first Indian club to qualify for the biggest Asian tournament. Ahead of the crunch game, here are 10 things you need to know about the game.

3 – FC Goa is currently on a winless streak of 3 games against Jamshedpur in the ISL. Jamshedpur bettered the Gaurs 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season before eking out a scoreless draw at Fatorda. They then went on to inflict the only defeat suffered by the side at home earlier this season when a Sergio Castel goal helped them to a 1-0 win.

3 –  This is only the 3rd time in club history that the Gaurs are on a 4-game winning streak. The first happened at the fag end of the 2014 season whilst the other one came together earlier this season courtesy of wins over Hyderabad (A), Odisha (H), ATK (H) and Chennaiyin (A).

4 –  Goa’s tally of 4 cleans sheets from their 17 games is, in fact, the 3rd best in the league. Their tally of 23 goals conceded this season is also the third-lowest in the league. Only ATK and Bengaluru have better records on both fronts. 

6 – The 5-2 win over Mumbai City FC helped Goa create yet another record. The Gaurs became only the second side after Kerala Blasters (2016) to record 6 consecutive wins at home in the ISL.

8 – This is the 8th time the two teams are set to square off, with FC Goa having won 4 of the previous 7 encounters (including the 2 wins in the Super Cup) whilst Jamshedpur had the better of the Gaurs on 2 occasions.

14 – FC Goa’s tally of 14 points away from home is a new record for the club. Their earlier mark was 13, which came in the 2017/18 season.

22 – For the second consecutive season, the Gaurs have finished with 22 points at home. This tally was a league-best last season and can only be matched this season if Bengaluru beat ATK in their last game which is at home.

46 – Wednesday’s game against Jamshedpur FC will be the first ISL game that Seriton Fernandes will miss after making 46 consecutive appearances in the competition for the Gaurs. His last game missed was against NorthEast United on February 4, 2018. The right-back misses out on the game due to 4 yellow cards received by him – amounting to a 1 game suspension.

41 – The Gaurs are on the cusp of breaking a new goal-scoring record. In the 2017/18 season, FC Goa made history when they scored home 41 goals at the league stage. Now they are on the verge of smashing that record, having bagged 41 already in 17 games.

64 – Hugo Boumous leads the race in terms of minutes per goal contribution. His tally of 9 goals and 8 assists in 13 games amounts to 64 minutes per goal contribution for the Frenchman. No other player in the ISL has it lower than 70.

74 – Coro has been enjoying another superb season and the numbers suggest that this is one of his best so far. After capping off his first two seasons with a goal contribution per 75 and 77 minutes respectively, the Spaniard has looked to better the benchmark – currently with a goal-contribution rate of one per 74 minutes.