The FC Goa decided to turn over the game by challenging Delhi Dynamos FC in the return leg in order to reach the final. Zico and his teammates kept calm over their defeat in Delhi and are very confident to go for the finals and it seems if they can keep up the confidence towards the pitch too. Roberto Carlos and his team on the other side would wish to work even harder than Zico’s side and make their way into finals surprisingly.
Zico confessed in the post match conference that it is a 180 minutes duration game and the players looked to be maintain energy for the return leg at Fatorda. Fatorda is a lucky ground for the Goa and a crowded stadium to be expected. Zico and his team will look to hit an early goal in the game to adjust the one goal deficit that they have at this time and it seems Zico will transform 5-3-2 into 3-5-2 formation.
The defense of FC Goa will be led by Brazilian legend Lucio who was overcome by Robin Singh for the goal in the first leg. Lucio, who had brilliant standard, will have to look on Indian international Robin Singh to stop him. He seems to be accompanied by Gregory Arnolin, who is 35 year old. Keeping an eye on the time spent on the field, the Frenchmen will be the key players in the FC Goa squad and had brilliant game in the first leg too. Pronay Halder was not up to his best against Delhi Dynamos in the first leg and seems to be replaced by Bikramjit Singh in the defense trio. Laxmikanth Kattimani is not one of the best goal keepers in ISL but seems to Best for FC Goa this time and he will play the game at his best.
With attacking mindset of Zico in the match, the duo of Romeo Fernandes and Mandar Rao Desai will start the game on the right and left hand side of the midfield respectively. These both youngsters have created problems with their speed and skills and have the ability to drag the game easily. This duo has to contribute majorly to the game in order to make way in the finals.
Joffre Mateu will be the important player in FC Goa’s line up against Delhi Dynamos in the first leg and the former Atletico de Kolkata player will be given the job of lacing moves to the strikers. Leo Moura, 36 year old has spent most of his time of the field and eventually made easy for the last four passages. The Brazilian was not up to his mark in the first leg and get rid of the chance to be equal the goal tally in the first leg for FC Goa. Zico certainly expects best game from him in this match. Jonatan Lucca seems to complete the midfield five for the Gaurs.
Rafael Coelho added advantage to the FC Goa attack after substituted in for Reinaldo in the pot match and this 27 year old seems attack from the very start and will be in the match from the start as well. He will be likely to be accompanied by Thongkhosiem Haokip because CS Sabeeth failed to mark his game in the previous match. Zico’s side will be more confident with the fact that FC Goa is the only team, who defeated Delhi Dynamos in their home ground Delhi in this ongoing season.
Probable players XI (3-5-2): Kattimani; Bikramjit,Lucio, Gregory; Mandar,Leo,Lucca, Joffre, Romeo, Rafael, Haokip.
They are very confident that they are the only semifinalists this year that did not appear in top four in last season. Defeating FC Goa first ever in the first leg boosts up the confidence of Dynamos. This very same Roberto Carlos guided lost their outside match 2-0 to FC Goa. They did a long journey to reach up to here and expecting to play in finals. Roberto Carlos is expected to change the line up 4-2-3-1 formation instead of 4-4-2 used in the first leg in their away match.
Delhi is solid at the back and thanks for the duo John Arne Riise and Anas Edathodika. While a lot of discussion happened on Riise and his impact on the game. Anna’s performance in this season is one of the major discussable points of this season. The former Pune FC skipper had an injury last season and was lack of confidence but back to his best in the Indian Super League and confirmed his place in the probables for the SAFF cup. As Souvik Chakraborty out because of an injury, the hard guy Sehnaj Singh is expected continue at the back. Zodingliana Ralte is seemed to return to the left back position in place of Robert Lalthlamuana who spotted in the previous match. Both Sehnaj and Ralte will have roles to be done to halt the Mandar and Romeo. Doblas the Spanish goal keeper will defend at the goal post.
Hans Mulder and Chicao became the defensive midfielders for the Dynamos this season. To find smooth way into finals the duo should defend the Joffre and Leo Moura. Florent Malouda, the French midfielder has been the important player for Dynamos in this season. Francis Fernandes commented that Carlos asks the player to pass the ball to Malouda. FC Goa likely to be on attacking mode, Malouda will be keen to hunt the gaps between the FC’s defense. Shylo Malsawmtluanga has done a decent job and created better chances for the strikers in the first match and continues to be in the left side in this match as well. Dos Santos who made Narayan Das to struggle all over the match with his moves and led to a goal will be in the same right side. Richard Gadge who is substitute for the Santos could also be seen in the game as the substitute in later half of the game.
Robin Singh has done well for Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League. Robin entered into the league with lots of criticism and lack of goals in national team. This Bengaluru FC striker somehow managed to calm down the critics by hitting some important goals for the Lions this season in the first leg and got the best out of the Lucio. An early goal for Delhi makes even tougher for FC Goa and this makes the Robin’s role crucial.
Probable players XI (4-2-3-1): Doblas; Ralte, Anas, Riise, Sehnaj; Mulder, Chicao; Shylo, Malouda, Dos Santos; Robin.
Joffre Mateu (FC Goa)
Winner of the starting season of Indian Super League in Atletico de Kolkata, Joffre will be the keen player for FC Goa as they are looking for a win in this match. The former Barcelona player is hard in his moves and will be looking in a great deal to create chances for the strikers.
Anas Edathodika (Delhi Dynamos FC)
Anas will be offered the job to keep Rafael Coelho to a halt in this match and if the kerela defender continues to exhibit his form as he showed in first leg, Delhi Dynamos has better chance than FC Goa towards finals.
FC Goa 3-1 Delhi Dynamos FC
FC Goa has scored more number of goals in group games and a lot of them being hit at Fatorda. Huge crowd is an added avantage, the Gaurs play with full efforts in this match. There will be a lot of goals to be hit. Two goals win for the host team is predicted by HardTackle.