Match 8 Preview: FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC eye first win of the season
Jamshedpur FC will clash against the 2021 Durand Cup champions FC Goa in the second round of fixtures of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at Athletic Stadium, Bambolin on Friday.
Both the teams have retained the majority of their team members from last season, including the coaches. Jamshedpur FC have added more quality to their foreign contingent by signing the likes of Jordan Murray and Greg Stewart. Similarly FC Goa have added reinforcement to their defence and forward line by signing Dylan Fox and Airam Cabera.
Jamshedpur FC have never qualified for the semi-finals in their history. Whereas, FC Goa have been one of the regulars in top four.
Both sides didn’t get off to a start they would have wanted and will aim to bounce back as soon as possible and get the first win under their belt. The match promises to be an exciting affair.
Jamshedpur FC: The Men Of Steel drew their first match of the season 1-1 against SC East Bengal.
Jamshedpur FC remained undefeated in their five pre-season practice matches. The club won three and drew two.
FC Goa: The Gaurs suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of defending champions Mumbai City FC in their opening match.
The Gaurs won the 2019 Durand Cup in September with some of the key players from their first team.
Jamshedpur FC: In the game against SC East Bengal, Owen Coyle decided to bench Jordan Murray, Greg Stewart, Ishan Pandita and Komal Thatal. All the four players were brought on in the second half and made a decent impact. The manager said he back Thatal and Boris to come good and will look to give them more minutes this season.
FC Goa: Against Mumbai City FC, Juan Ferrando brought some of his key players like Jorge Ortiz, Seriton Fernandes and Princeton Rebello in the second half. It is believed that Ortiz and Fernandes were not fit to play 90 minutes. However, with minutes under their belt, they should have a better chance of featuring since the start against Jamshedpur FC.
Peter Hartley: The English center-back scored the equaliser from a corner in their first match. The burly figure he has makes him extremely dangerous from set pieces. Moreover it enables him to outmuscle players while defending. Ther 33-year-old made three tackles and 36 passes in the match.
Jordan Murray: The Striker is a new arrival at Jamshedpur FC from Kerala Blasters FC. The Australian scored seven goals and assisted one goal in 19 matches. He provides Coyle with an option to play with him up-front with Nerijus Valskis.
Edu Bedia: The 32-year-old captain is the longest serving foreigner of FC Goa. In the last match, the midfielder had a passing accuracy of 88.46%. He had 87 touches of the ball and made 78 passes. In addition he had three shots at goal.
Airam Cabrera: The two-time Hero ISL runners-up had acquired the Spaniard in the transfer window. The striker has experience of playing in Segunda Division. The 34-year-old has come in straight from Polish top-division side Wisla Plock.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: FC Goa vs Jamshedpur FC
Date: 26 November 2021
Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolin, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm