Having suffered defeat in their opener, Gokulam Kerala and FC Goa meet for a crucial battle to stay in contention for the semifinals of the Hero Super Cup 2023.
GKFC vs FCG Match Details
Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Time: 17:00 (IST)
Venue: EMS Stadium, Kozhikode
GKFC vs FCG Viewing Details
The match between Gokulam Kerala vs FC Goa in the Hero Super Cup 2023 will be telecasted on Sony Sports Ten 2 channel and will be live-streamed on FanCode.
GKFC vs FCG Match Preview
The 5-1 demolition by ISL champions ATK Mohun Bagan was not the start of their life in the Super Cup Gokulam Kerala FC was hoping for. The defeat hurt more knowing the tournament is being held in their city and in their stadium with the home crowd turning up in decent numbers. The Malabarians found it hard to quieten up the front three of the Kolkata club with Liston Colaco once again becoming a headache for them, bagging a brace this time. Sergio Mendigutxia scored a mere consolation in the match. Although Gokulam will still have a chance to be in the AFC Cup group stages even without winning the Super Cup, they would like to use these games in the group stages to the fullest to prepare for the playoff game against the winners of the tournament. An improvement of the performance in the group opener is required and the two times I-League winners had to do it against the Super Cup holders FC Goa for another challenging task. Fran Bonet will wish his side to bring defensive stability with more of an edge in their attacking threat in the second group stage game.
The Gaurs also suffered a crushing 5-3 defeat to Jamshedpur FC in their first group-stage game but showed more of a fight than Gokulam FC on their day. FC Goa were in elation when Noah Sadaoui scored the opener only six minutes into the game before the Men of Steels went 3-1 up before the half-time whistle through Pratik Chaudhari, Rafael Crivellaro and Fares Arnaout clearing a long shot from Pronay Halder into his own net. Crivellaro added a fourth but Goa did not back down as their Moroccan star scored again in the 70th minute after Iker Guarrotxena planted his header past TP Rehenseh around the hour-mark. However, Jamshedpur FC made the victory theirs by scoring a fifth through Harry Sawyer at the death. Goa once again suffered defensively as shown in the past ISL season, conceding three or more goals five times now. Carlos Pena’s side wishes to see a more positive side of things in the second group stage game otherwise they have to forget their defense of the Super Cup title.
Recent Form (Super Cup)
GKFC vs FCG Predicted Lineups
GKFC: Shibin Raj; Subhankar Adhikari, Mohammed Jassim, Bouba Aminou, Abdul Hakku; Farshad Noor, Omar Ramos, Rahul Raju; Sreekuttan VS, Jobby Justin, Sergio Mendigutxia
FCG: Dheeraj Singh; Aibanbha Dohling, Fares Arnaout, Anwar Ali, Saviour Gama; Redeem Tlang, Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes; Iker Guarrotxena, Noah Sadaoui
GKFC vs FCG Dream11 Team Prediction
GK: Dheeraj (7.5)
DEF: Dohling (8), Anwar (8.5), Abdul (8.5)
MID: Noor (9), Ramos (8.5), Bedia (8.5), Brandon (8.5)
FW: Guarrotxena (9), Mendigutxia (9), Sadaoui (9)
Vice-captain: Iker Guarrotxena or Brandon Fernandes
Captain: Noah Sadaoui