SC East Bengal vs. FC Goa: 3 Gaurs To Watch Out For

posted in Match Preview by Souvik Roy Chowdhury on 5th January 2021

posted in Match Preview

by Souvik Roy Chowdhury

on 5th January 2021

SC East Bengal vs. FC Goa: 3 Gaurs To Watch Out For

After two successive wins, FC Goa will look to build on the momentum and further consolidate their place in the top 4. The last two games have seen the Gaurs script two glorious come-from-behind victories in injury time to leave the opponents stunned. 

On Wednesday, ISL debutants SC East Bengal will look to bring their winning run to a halt. The Kolkata side recorded their first-ever triumph in the ISL courtesy a 3-1 victory over Odisha FC and should be rejuvenated ahead of their game against FC Goa. 

The Red and Gold had a dismal start to the campaign, losing all 5 of their games to begin the season and finding the net only in their 5th game. Robbie Fowler’s men, though, have looked a much better side in recent times, claiming 5 points from their last 3 games. 

Juan Ferrando and his men would certainly be wary of that fact and will look to make things miserable again for the opponents.  So, who will be the names to watch for in an FC Goa shirt as they look to topple SC East Bengal? Here are our picks:

#1 Igor Angulo

Death, taxes and an Igor Angulo goal is as sure as it gets in life. The Spaniard has oozed class ever since stepping out in the Indian Super League wearing the FC Goa shirt. 

The Spaniard has struck 9 goals in as many games, leading the race for the ISL Golden Boot by a clear 2 goals at the time of writing and will look to build on his lead as the Gaurs aim for a third successive win. 

The Spaniard has not only scored goals this season but also scored them in crucial moments. His brace to open the campaign was crucial to drag the Gaurs out of a 2 goal deficit to claim a point. He then delivered again against NorthEast to help the Gaurs claim another point. 

The last two games have seen the Spaniard deliver successive goals in injury time, helping the Gaurs clinch three points on each occasion. Time for a three-peat?

#2 Edu Bedia

Edu Bedia has become the lynchpin for the side at the middle of the park this season. The Spaniard has been at the centre of all schemes chalked out by Juan Ferrando. 

The captain this season, the 31-year-old has been pivotal to the Gaurs’ fortunes so far, acting as a shield for the backline and the primary instigator to Goa’s plans in attack. 

With 2 assists to his name and involvement in 5 of FC Goa’s goals, he is only behind Romario Jesuraj and Igor Angulo respectively in these categories. Although he is yet to open his scoring tally, it has not been due to a lack of effort. He is only behind Jorge Ortiz and Angulo in terms of attempts on goal with 16 to his name (4 on target).

Edu also leads the league in passes with 579 passes completed at a success rate of 86%. With his set-pieces helping clinch wins for FC Goa in the last two games, one should also be on the lookout for Bedia’s deliveries again from dead-ball situations. 

#3 Seriton Fernandes

Sertion Fernandes FC Goa

With a host of new names on the attacking front, the spotlight has been away from Seriton Fernandes so far this season. And that normally is a good thing for a defender.

The right-back is having another excellent season in the FC Goa backline. A part of the leadership group now, Seriton also wore the captain’s armband for the first time this season and has more than lived up to the expectations. 

The 28-year-old has kept on bombing down the right flank, causing overloads on that side of the pitch. While his attacking contributions have not been eye-catching, he is only behind Edu Bedia and Ivan Gonzalez in terms of passes completed (with a success rate of 89%) and only behind Jorge Ortiz when it comes to cross into the box (3rd highest in the league). 

The right-back not only gives the backline a solid presence but also gives verticality to the FC Goa attack. This will certainly be important as the Gaurs look to pin the Red and Gold deep in their own half time and again.