Match 74 Preview: FC Goa strive season revival as they face tough Jamshedpur FC

Jamshedpur FC will enter the ring against FC Goa at Athletic Stadium, Goa on Friday in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) after two of their games got postponed.

The Men of Steel have put up an improved performance this season as they sit on the third spot with 19 points, becoming a strong contender to claim a top-four spot, meanwhile, FC Goa have stumbled to the ninth position in the league table with 14 points.

The Gaurs will look to end the inconsistent run they have had so far this season with the chances to qualify for the semi-finals starting to look bleak as Jamshedpur FC aim to power to the top.

Form Guide

Jamshedpur FC: DDLWW

Jamshedpur FC found their winning form in their last two matches before Covid-19 forced them into a break. Now, their challenge remains to find the momentum again.

FC Goa: DWDLD

With Derrick Pereira taking the reins of FC Goa, the club has seen improved performance with a loss in the last five encounters, however, the dearth of wins continues to lower hopes for a top-four finish.

Team News

Komal Thatal is back in training, he did some light training on his own and took touches with the squad, however, the FC Goa match might be too soon for him. Meanwhile, Glan Martins from FC Goa won't be available as the medical staff is working with him after he was subbed off in the previous match against Bengaluru FC.

Head-to-head

In nine matches between them, FC Goa have registered 5 wins while Jamshedpur FC have been victorious in 3 to go with a draw.

Key Stats

The free-kick saga

Jamshedpur have scored more goals from free-kick situations than any other side so far (7) and FC Goa have conceded the most goals from free-kick situations (7) in Hero ISL 21-22.

A leaky defence

FC Goa are the only side to have kept fewer than 2 clean sheets in Hero ISL 2021-22.

Key Players

Jamshedpur FC

Ishan Pandita: Pandita came off the bench to rescue Jamshedpur FC again in his last match when Jamshedpur were heading for a goalless draw against SC East Bengal until Ishan Pandita scored the winner in the 88th minute – his second goal this season. He is a poacher who has scored his 6 goals in the Hero ISL from only 97 touches.

Greg Stewart: Stewart has been involved directly in seven of the 11 set-piece goals scored by the club this season bolstering Jamshedpur FC’s strength in their strategy to score from free-kicks and corners.

FC Goa

Jorge Ortiz: The striker has made nine goal-scoring contributions this season, including four goals and five assists. The Gaurs require him to break deadlocks and secure three points in critical moments of the match where they have fallen short previously.

Ivan Gonzalez: The defender has monumental in their defence with 43 tackles, 30 clearances, and 19 interceptions while winning every aerial duel.

Match timings and telecast details

Match: Jamshedpur FC vs FC Goa

Date: 28th January 2022

Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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