FC Goa are all set to face Al Wahda in their second group stage game in Groupe E of AFC Champions League. The Gaurs are pumped up after playing a draw against Al Rayyan last game in Goa.
The club from Goa played their debut game in AFC Champions League earlier this week and managed a point against a tough Qatari club. The fans are hoping for some better performance against Al Wahda on Saturday.
Abu Dhabi’s Al Wahda will be a tough opponents for the Gaurs in the second game of AFC Champions League campaign. The UAE Pro League club can cause trouble to FC Goa defense with their pacy wingers.
While, FC Goa showed good grit and determination last game in their defense against Al Rayyan. Juan Ferrando’s side will be hoping to frustrate Al Wahda the same way they did against the Qatari club.
When and Where?
Al Wahda will take on FC Goa at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa in the AFC Champions League group stage game on April 17th (08:00PM IST).
Team News and Expected Line-up
The UAE side suffered defeat against Persepolis in their previous, but will be hoping to open their account on Saturday. AFC Champions League is not something new for the club having 12 previous appearances in this competition.
Former Ajax manager Henk Ten Cate will be happy to have their skipper Ismael Matar back in the eleven. The star player made a brilliant cameo in the second-half against Persepolis last game. While, Tim Matavz will lead the attack alongside Khalil Al Hammadi.
Expected Line-up: Rashid Ali ; Ahmed, Fares Juma, Pimenta, Al Kurbi; Esmael, Hamad, Lee; Khalil, Kharbin, Matavz
FC Goa became the first Indian club to clinch a point in AFC Champions League group stage game earlier this week. Juan Ferrando’s side might try to break the barrier and hope for a win against Al Wahda, who are coming in to this game from defeat.
There are no injury concerns for the Goan side and might field Ivan Gonzalez and James Donachie at the back as defenders. While, Edu Bedia to play deep in the midfield area alongside Glan Martins. Romeo Fernandes might also grab a chance in this fixture.
Expected Line-up: Dheeraj Singh; Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Sanson Pereira; Edu Bedia, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes; Jorge Ortiz, Ishan Pandita, Alex Romario
The Slovenian centre-forward will be a key player for the hosts at Fatorda on Saturday. FC Goa defense needs to keep an eye on the striker, who has the capability to trouble the defense inside the box.
Tim did assist a goal for his side in the AFC Champions League qualification game. The striker also has nine goals and two assists to his name in the UAE Gulf League. He’ll be expected to pair up with Khalil up front, who got good pace to work with.
Ivan Gonzalez and James Donachie will have to be excellent and on their toes on Saturday to keep this striker calm. While, Ismail Matar will also be a trouble for Goan defense.
Jorge Ortiz will be the target men for the Goan club against Al Wahda. While, Ishan Pandita will also start along the Spanish forward up front. The Spanish striker is known for his pace and control on the wings and will be vital at counters.
Juan Ferrando will be expecting Oritz to step up and create more attacking chances in the final third for Ishan inside the box. The player has scored six goals in the recently concluded Hero Indian Super League for FC Goa.
Brandon Fernandes needs to operate well on the left flank with Oritz to create more chances. Brandon has the capability the thread beautiful balls in to the box. Romario will also be crucial on right flank, who had a shot on target last game against Al Rayyan.
Final scoreline Prediction
Al Wahda comes in to this game following a defeat and will be eager to clinch their first points of their campaign. While, debutants FC Goa will seek to draw and obtain a point from this contest. The final scoreline might read 3-0 in favor of the Abu Dhabi based-club.