Date: 08 March 2021
Time: 07:30 PM (IST)
Venue: GMC Stadium, Bambolim, Goa
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The second leg of the first semi-final between Mumbai City and FC Goa will take place at GMC Stadium in Bambolim. Both the teams will enter the contest without any advantage from the first leg as the tie ended in an adventurous 2-2 draw with the Islanders coming back from behind on two occasions. So, all the glory will await on Monday, as the match winners will book the berth to Finals.
The contest of champions and former champions is always a battle to watch out for in any football league across the world, let alone Indian Football League that has been so intensely contested this season. One can expect teams to go full-throttle as none of the sides can simply afford to lose at this point.
Lobera will have everyone at his disposal for the game against FC Goa. The side will be a little disappointed from their performance last time out as they conceded two goals and had to come back from behind twice in the same game. On the other hand, the side’s attack performed brilliantly and they will be hoping to continue in the same form.
The Gaurs’ ranks will see an update as Gonzalez and Noguera will come back in the squad and bolster side’s attacking as well as defending capabilities. One can expect them continue with same attacking flow, but reinforce their defense, hopefully with Gonzalez available now. The side will also want to get that control in midfield that has caused them a lot of problems as teams attack them while transitioning, without much problems.
The battle for the berth to Finals grows more exciting with a 2-2 draw in the first leg and no away rule applicable. The one who outscores the opponents in the time, wins the game regardless of home/away goal. This contest ending in draw will see both sides go to extra-time followed by penalty shootout. And with attacking managers at helm, one can expect both Lobera and Ferrando to finish the game off sooner, and hence, attack right from the beginning.
For Fantasy team, it will be advisable to have maximum attackers and other outfield players who can convert from set-pieces. However, it also recommended to have a second team with more defenders in case sides cancel out one another.
Probable Playing XI
Amrinder; Ranawde, Fall, Santana, Mandar; Boumous, Jahouh; Singh, Le Fondre, Bhumij; Ogbeche
Singh; Fernandes, Gonzalez, Donachie, Gama; Bedia, Martins; Romario, Noguera, Ortiz; Angulo
Goalkeepers: Singh, Amrinder
Defenders: Gama, Fernandes, Ranawde, Fall
Midfielders: Ortiz, Noguera, Boumous, Jahouh
Forwards: Angulo, Romario, Le Fondre, Ogbeche
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