Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
5 November, 2015
Chennayin FC host FC Goa in a crucial match of the Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. The host in 1st leg thrashed the Goans 4-0 in their own backyard. The Visitors would love to payback the humiliation they suffered in the 1st leg of the league.
Team News and Tactical Brief
The host Chennayin FC will be looking to do the double when they host FC Goa. Marco Materazi boys have looked one of the dangerous offensive team this season. The southern side has looked dangerous going upfront with loads of fire power to provide the goals. Columbian pocket size dynamite Steven Mendoza is in top gear. He is joint top goal scorer of the league at present and was the main men in the demolition of Goa. The striker scored hattrick against FC Goa and would be looking to continue his excellent run of form. The Columbian has got able support from Indian forward Jayesh Rane. The Mumbaikar has been sensational this season for the club. Even though Chennai has looked threatening upfront they have been conceding goals. The defensive line tends to lose concentration during the game. They will have to rectify their mistake at the back to give Chennayin vital points.
Probable Starting XI: Karanjit, Wadoo, Mendy, Potenza, Das, Augusto, Thoi, Elano, Blasi, Jayesh, Mendoza
FC Goa has been far from convincing in this season of Hero Indian super league. The Guars have looked rather ordinary apart from few games. The injuries have plagued them and that looks like prime reason for their poor run of form. They will continue missing some of their key players in the match. The new signing of the club Rafeal Coelho most likely to make his debut for the club, the Brazilian junior international have wealth of experience of playing in Asian leagues. There will be high hopes on him from the fans. The speedsters of ISL Romeo and Mandar would be looking to continue their form from the last game against Pune FC. The duo troubled Pune defense and will look to do same against Chennayin FC. The defensive duty will be on the shoulders of Brazilian legend Lucio, in his presence the defense have looked different unit all together. He will have responsibility to keep Mendoza quite. The legend will have to use his experience in keeping Chennayin offensive line not breaching Goa defense.
Probable Starting XI: Kattimani, Lucio, Luciano, Gregory, Romeo, Mandar, Bikramjit, Lucca, Leo, Rafeal, Hoakip.
Chennayin FC 2 a 0 FC Goa
Chennayin looks more confident unit than FC Goa, the home side will be high on confidence playing against FC Goa. The HardTackle expect convincing victory for the home side. FC Goa will have to play their best to beat team like Chennayin at home.