Date: 28th February 2021
Time: 5:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda Goa
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As the coveted Indian Super League’s (ISL) group-stage comes to a closure, two teams are vying for that last playoff-berth. This is a must win-game for Hyderabad FC and a draw would do it for Goa FC. Goa certainly have the upper hand as they are currently laced with 30 points. Hyderabad on the other hand will be tensed as they have 28 points. But a win would make sure Hyderabad go through, even though they have a poor goal difference than Goa. An exciting contest is certainly on the cards!
Aridane Santana will miss this game as he already has been given 4 yellow cards. Asish Rai has been ruled out of the tournament because of a knee injury. Chinglensana Singh is expected to be in the defender’s arena for this game.
Juan Ferrando too has some conundrums ahead of him. The overseas team combination is a headache for him. He might play either Jorge Ortiz with Igor Angulo or Alberto Noguera with Igor. We might also witness both Ortiz and Noguera play in this fixture.
Manuel Marquez’s side will certainly be on their toes as a very tricky situation has unfolded. They need a win to qualify but a loss or a draw would crash their chances of a playoff berth. Spaniard Aridane Santana was in glorious form for Hyderabad but he received his 4th yellow card of the season in the last game. He would thus miss the all-important quarter final against Goa. But another Spaniard, Fran Sandaza is in the pecking order to perform. He has to perform for Hyderabad to stand a chance against the mighty Goa.
FC Goa heaved a sigh of relief when he eclipsed past Bengaluru FC last weekend, 2-1. They just need a draw or a win to safely seal their place in the playoffs. Their defense has been under the scanner for sometime and that might be exploited by Hyderabad. In their reverse fixture against Hyderabad FC last December, they won 2-0. Igor Angulo and Ishan Pandita netted 2 late goals to take Goa home.
Probable Playing 11
Dheeraj, Gama, Kevin, Ivan, Martins, Bedia, Tlang, Martins, Angulo, Pandita, Ortiz
Laxmikant, Akash, Odei, Chinglensana, Nikhil, Narzary, Victor, Sastre, Colaco, Chianese, Sandaza
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj, Laxmikant
Defenders: Gama, Kevin, Akash, Odei
Midfielders: Tlang, Martins, Narzary, Victor
Strikers: Ortiz, Chianese, Pandita, Sandaza
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