Unbeaten FC Goa welcomes leaders Kerala Blasters at Fatorda for a nail-biting top-two encounter in the ISL 2023/24 season.
FCG vs KBFC Match Details
Date: Sunday, 3 December 2023
Time: 20:00 (IST)
Venue: Fatorda Stadium, Goa
FCG vs KBFC Match Details
Sunday will see a potential early ISL Shield deciding clash played between FC Goa and Kerala Blasters. However, Odisha FC in third and fourth-place Mohun Bagan Super Giant who have just played four, winning all of them, will have a say as well with holders Mumbai City also not far behind. With just a point separating them from the top spot having played two games less, FC Goa will be in an advantageous position if they reach the summit again by maintaining their six-game unbeaten streak in the ISL this season. A draw against the leaders will also do as they will go level on points but lead on a better goal difference. Finding a late winner to make it 1-0 against Jamshedpur FC through substitute Victor Rodriguez, FC Goa also clinched their fifth campaign win and kept a third straight clean sheet. Basking in form, Manolo Marquez’s team will be optimistic of collecting another three points against the Blasters at home having collected 10 wins from this fixture in the past meetings. Goa also needs the win to be in the best position ahead of facing two more gigantic ties next against Mumbai City and Mohun Bagan before facing another playoff contender NorthEast United to end the year.
While Goa maintained their winning habit, Kerala Blasters had to come from behind three times to play out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Chennaiyin FC at Kochi. Dimitrios Diamantakos scored in each half with Kwame Pephrah getting his first goal since joining the club in the summer. Blasters will take the result considering they fell behind within seconds into the match with Rahim Ali giving the away side the lead in the Southern derby. Jordan Murray's first-half brace did not help at the end but the three-time ISL finalists will not be happy with how their defence crumbled without Pritam Kotal from the start. However, Adrian Luna strung all the positive play again for the Tuskers. The Uruguayan’s fourth assist of the season took his goal-contribution tally to seven in eight matches, the best return in the league, with three goals to his name. Blasters maintained their unbeaten run at home but the problem for the leaders has been on the trip. Their first away win in the league in over a year came only last month in the dramatic match against East Bengal. Still, Ivan Vukomanovic’s team will aim to clip Goa’s wings by overturning their record of no wins in Fatorda since 2016 which includes a 3-1 loss last season.
FCG vs KBFC Predicted Lineups
FCG: Arshdeep Singh; Seriton Fernandes, Odei Onaindia, Sandesh Jhingan, Jay Gupta; Rowlin Borges, Carl McHugh; Udanta Singh, Victor Rodriguez, Brandon Fernandes; Noah Sadaoui
KBFC: Sachin Suresh; Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Milos Drincic, Huidrom Singh; Rahul KP, Vibin Mohanan, Danish Farooq, Adrian Luna; Kwane Pephrah, Dimitrios Diamantakos
FCG vs KBFC Head to Head
Played - 18
FCG won - 10
Drawn - 4
KBFC won - 4
FCG vs KBFC Dream11 Prediction
GK: Sachin (7.5)
DEF: Kotal (8.5), Jhingan (8.5), Gupta (9)
MID: Luna (9), Borges (8.5), Farooq (8.5), Sadaoui (9)
FW: Peprah (7.5), Diamantakos (8.5), V Rodriguez (9)
Vice-captain: Dimitrios Diamantakos
Captain: Adrian Luna
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