FC Goa getting ready to face Persepolis FC in the reverse fixture of Group E game in ACL on Friday. Persepolis remain unbeaten in Group E after clinching victory in all of their last three games in their group.
FC Goa had the hopes of holding them for draw once more against the Iranian side, but failed to do so. Persepolis are one of the favorites to win the crown this season and their performances are also reflecting the same.
FC Goa’s defensive line has been solid with Ivan Gonzalez and James Donachie at the back. While, shot-stopper Dheeraj continues to impress with his stellar performances in the group stage games of ACL. However, he was beaten twice by the Iranian side in the last outing.
Persepolis will be aiming for all three points once again facing the home side FC Goa. The Red army scored twice in quick succession in the reverse fixture against FC Goa. Although, Dheeraj was brave enough to deny one spot kick from Persepolis in the second-half.
When and where?
The Gaurs will take on the Red Army in Group E clash of AFC champions league game at Fatorda, Goa on April 23rd (10:30PM IST).
Team News and Expected Line-up
FC Goa fans will be happy to have the services of Alexander Romario on the right flank. The winger from Tamil Nadu was not seen in action in Goa’s last game against Persepolis due to suspension. However, he’s now back from suspension and will feature in the starting eleven.
Although, FC Goa’s first goalscorer in AFC champions league and skipper Edu Bedia will miss Friday’s clash against Iran side due to the accumulation of yellows. He has been a game changer in the middle of the park for Juan Ferrando’s side this season.
Juan is expected to come up with a different plan due to Bedia’s suspension. Amarjit Singh did a perfect job last game coming in as substitute and might take Edu Bedia’s role on Friday.
Expected Line-up: Dheeraj Singh; Sanson Pereira, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes; Glan Martins, Amarjit Singh; Brandon Fernandes, Alex Romario, Jorge Ortiz; Ishan Pandita
The Red Army are eager to stay perfect in the league and continue their unbeaten streak. Yahya Golmohammadi has no worries in terms of injuries and suspension. He has entire squad up for selection against Goa on Friday.
Expected Line-up: Hamed Lak; Jalal Hosseini, Siamak Nemati, Hossein Kanaani, Vahid Amiri; Ehsan Pahlavan, Kamal Kamyabinia, Mehdi Torabi; Ahmad Nourollahi, Iss Ale Kasir, Shahriyar Moghanlou
Indian international Brandon Fernandes will be key player for FC Goa’s midfield set-up with Edu Bedia under suspension. Edu Bedia plays the deep midfield role and also initiate the attack up front. Obviously, Gaurs will miss his presence in the midfield against strong Persepolis.
However, Brandon Fernandes needs to play up front with Amarjit Singh and Glan Martins playing the pivot role. Brandon gave the fantastic assist to FC Goa’s first goal in AFC champions league, which was headed in to goal by Edu Bedia. Brandon also had a powerful shot in the second-half, which was just off target and could have changed the complexion of the game.
Former Iran international Jalal Hosseini will be a major threat for FC Goa’s attack. The 39-year-old retired from football three-years ago, but still a nightmare for the attackers with his physical presence at the back. The defender is also powerful in ariel duos and cause threats during set-pieces.
Jalal has already got his name twice in the scoresheet in this ACL 2021 season. The towering defender will be hoping to add one more to his goal tally, when the Red Army faces Goa on Friday. FC Goa defense needs to watch for this veteran defender especially in set-piece scenarios.
Final scoreline Prediction
FC Goa might be hoping to turn tables in the reverse fixture after facing their first defeat in Asian football. On the other hand, Iranian side will be wanting not to lose their winning momentum in their ACL campaign. Persepolis might win this contest with scoreline 0-3 at Fatorda, Goa.