Iranian side Persepolis are all geared up to face FC Goa in AFC Champions League group E clash in Goa. Both the sides are top two in their group and will turn out to be an exciting contest between these two.
The Goan side is full of confidence going in to this contest after two big draws. Both Al Wahda and Al Rayyan couldn’t break FC Goa defense in the last two meetings. However, Iranian side is also undefeated till now in Group E of AFC Champions League.
Both the sides are unbeaten in this group stage games till date. However, this might come to an end, when these two sides face-off each other at Fatorda. Persepolis is leading the group with six points from two games.
While, FC Goa is second in the group with two points from two games. Juan Ferrando will be wanting his side to put up a similar good show against the Iranian side. FC Goa is currently unbeaten in 17 games across all competitions this season.
When and where?
Persepolis FC will take on FC Goa in Group E fixture of AFC Champions League at Fatorda Stadium, Goa on April 20th (10:30PM IST).
(4-4-2): Hamed Lak (GK), Siamak Nemati, Vahid Amiri, Hossein Kannani, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Ehsan Pahlevan, Kamal Kamyabina, Mahdi Torabi, Ahmad Noorollahi, Shariar Moghanlou, Omid Alishah
(4-2-3-1): Dheeraj Singh (GK), Sanson Pereira, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Redeem Tlang, Jorge Ortiz, Devendra Murgaonkar
Persepolis are not missing their number nine in the paper by the services of Ahmad Nourollahi. The Iranian midfielder is yet to score or assist in Champions League group stage game this season.
However, he has been a instrumental player for the Red Army’s success in Pro League. He’ll be a key player for Iranian side’s midfield alongside Mahdi Torabi. Both have good record of scoring goals and also in providing some cool assists.
Ivan Gonzalez and James Donachie will have a tough job again on Tuesday to keep these star players quite until end of 90minutes.
After being named as best goalie in two match days, Dheeraj Singh has lured some attention. Dheeraj made some fine efforts in the dying minutes of last game against Al Wahda. Especially, Mata’s free-kick was palmed way in old fashion by Goan keeper.
There have been lot of positive push for the shot-stopper, however Dheeraj wants to keep it simple as he told the press in recent interview. The goalie didn’t much of game time in his previous club.
The player also had a stint with Motherwell FC in Scotland and was also handed three-year contract but didn’t get through due to work permit issues. Former Indian U-17 star will be a player to watch out for in FC Goa on Tuesday.
Final scoreline Prediction
This encounter will see Group E’s two undefeated sides going face to face in an tight game. However, Persepolis are favorite to win the crown this time after being ACL 2020’s finalists. While, Juan Ferrando will be hoping to stop Persepolis attack with his tactics. The final scoreline might read 2-0 in favor of the Iranian side.