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FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC ISL 2023-24: Preview, Predicted Lineups,Team Updates and Injury Updates

For Bengaluru FC to make it to the playoffs, they need to win all remaining matches.

FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC ISL 2023-24: FC Goa, which has qualified for the playoffs, will face Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League on March 14th. The match will be played at Fatorda Stadium in the evening at 7:30 pm. If Bengaluru FC wants to qualify for the playoffs, they must win all matches. There is no room for error or uncertainty anymore.

Preview

FC Goa, which has qualified for the play-offs, will face Bengaluru FC on Thursday before the upcoming international tie. FC Goa’s last match was against Punjab FC which dashed Goa’s hopes of victory, the match ended in a 3-3 draw.

After taking the initial lead against Punjab, FC Goa fell behind them in the second half, in the second half, Punjab made a comeback and took a lead of two goals till the 65th minute, while Goa made a comeback in the 72nd minute and equalized the score line.

Juan Mera again kept Punjab alive in the match by scoring a goal in the 78th minute, but Goa’s Carlos Martínez leveled the score line with a goal in the 84th minute.

On the other hand, Bengaluru FC had won their previous match 1-0 at home against Kerala Blasters, this match was very exciting, the first half was without a goal whereas the second half was full of thrill because in the last 89′ minutes Javi Hernandez scored a goal to give important 3 points to Bengaluru.

Team Updates

Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru is currently on the winning track, if Bengaluru FC has to make it to the play-offs then the team will have to win today and all the remaining matches. The team is ranked 8th in the points table of ISL, so far the team has played 18 matches out of which they have scored 21 points while winning 5, losing 7 and including 6 draws.

Their performance in the last 5 matches has been excellent as it includes 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw which came while playing at the home of Jamshedpur FC. They have not won the last 10 matches while playing away from home, whereas they have had to face 3 draws and 7 defeats. Their performance while playing away from home has been very disappointing. They are going to play Thursday’s match away from home. | It will be interesting to see whether they can improve their performance and win the match.

FC Goa

Goa is the fourth team to qualify for the play-offs and is at 4th position in the ISL points table. Till now 18 matches have been played in which 33 points have been obtained which includes 9 wins, 3 losses and 6 draws. If we talk about the last 5 matches, then only one win has come in their account while 2 losses and 2 draws are also included.

Playing at home, the team has won out of the last 10 matches while losing 3 and drawing one which came against Mumbai City FC. In the points table, Bengaluru is behind Goa by 12 points while the same number of points are needed for the play-offs. Both the teams last met on January 17 in the Kalinga Cup in which Goa won the match 1-0.

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Injury Updates

The only scope for change in Goa’s team is the defender Jhingan is already struggling with injury in the team, he did not even play his last match. In the end, the only team that could be seen was against Punjab. Carl McHugh has played an important role as a midfielder for FC Goa and can be an early threat for any team. He has provided one goal and two assists for the team with his performances this season.

Head coach Manolo Marquez said in the press conference that in the last match against Punjab, the defense appeared weak due to which Punjab managed to score a goal, and asked to think about their defense before the start of the match against Bengaluru FC.

On the other hand, there is good news for Bengaluru FC that till now no one has been injured in their team and the team is completely fit, as far as it seems there is less chance of seeing changes in the team, because the team has won the last few matches. Is on the way to win two consecutive matches till now back to back.
Shivashakti Narayanan has become the star striker of Bengaluru FC. He has scored two goals and made 5 important passes for the team this season.

Coach Gerard Zaragoza said in the press conference that the team is constantly improving its game, emphasizing the ability of his players to overcome pressure, and also said that the players of the team are beginning to understand what he wants from the team.

Predicted Lineups

Bengaluru FC

  • Goalkeeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
  • Defenders: Nikhil Poojary, Jessel Carneiro, Naorem Roshan Singh, Aleksandar Jovanovic
  • Mid- Fielders: Suresh Singh Wangjam, Sivasakthi Narayanan
  • Forwards: Javi Hernández, Ryan Williams, Rohit Danu
  • Striker: Sunil Chhetri 

FC Goa

  • Goalkeeper: Dheeraj Singh
  • Defenders: Seriton Fernandes, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Jay Gupta, Narayan Das
  • Mid- Fielders: Carl McHugh, Paulo Retre, Raynier Fernandes
  • Forwards: Boris Singh Thangjam, Carlos Martínez, Noah Sadaoui


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