Jamshedpur vs Goa: Preview and Prediction
Defending champions of the ISL League Winners’ Shield, Jamshedpur have had a horrific start to their campaign. The Red Miners have won only one of their first 10 matches, and with four points, they are placed 10th in the standings.
Goa, on the contrary, has done much better than last season. The Gaurs have won six of their first 10 matches, helping them accumulate 18 points. The champions of the 2019-20 season are occupying 6th place in the points table.
Jamshedpur got things terribly wrong right from their first match, where they threw away a two-goal cushion to go down 2-3 against Odisha. However, the next two matches were good, as Aidy Boothroyd’s men drew against Mumbai City and defeated NorthEast United.
But ever since then, the Red Miners have experienced nothing but misery. They will be coming into this fixture on the back of a seven-game losing streak, where they lost against Goa, Hyderabad, Chennaiyin, East Bengal, Kerala Blasters, ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru.
Goa’s start was very different, as they won their first two matches of the season – against East Bengal and Chennaiyin. However, the winning run came to a halt when they faced Hyderabad in their third match.
That defeat was followed by a 3-0 win over Jamshedpur, but Carlos Pena’s men got derailed again as they lost against Kerala Blasters in the next match. Since then, they have been on a roller-coaster ride, beating ATK Mohun Bagan, Odisha and NorthEast United, while losing against Bengaluru and Mumbai City.
Head to Head Record
The head-to-head records are tilted slightly in Goa’s favour. Out of the 11 past meetings between these two teams, the Gaurs have won six matches, while the Red Miners have won four matches. Only one fixture has ended in a stalemate.
The previous meeting, which was back in October, saw Goa securing a comfortable 3-0 win at their home ground. Iker Guarrotxena, Noah Sadaoui and Brandon Fernandes were on the scoresheet for the Gaurs.
After a disappointing 0-1 defeat against Bengaluru, it is highly likely that Boothroyd will make changes to his team. Midfielder Jitendra Singh did not look very comfortable against the Blues’ engine room, and in his place, youngster Phijam Singh could be handed a chance.
Besides that, the two wingers could also be changed for this fixture, with Boris Singh Thangjam and Farukh Chowdhary likely to make way for Daniel Chima Chukwu and Ritwik Das respectively.
Though his team defeated NorthEast United 2-1 in the last match, Pena could still make changes to the Goa starting XI as room for improvement is evident. Ayush Dev Chhetri was not in his usual element against the Highlanders, and he might have to make way for Brison Fernandes.
Besides that, Redeem Tlang also was rather dormant down the right flank for the Gaurs. In his place, the Spanish tactician could field Makan Chothe, who has the reputation of being a livewire if he manages to find his footing.
Jamshedpur (4-2-2-2): Vishal Yadav; Laldinliana Renthlei, Eli Sabia, Pratik Chaudhari, Ricky Lallawmawma; Phijam Singh, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Rafael Crivellaro, Ritwik Das; Ishan Pandita, Daniel Chima Chukwu.
Goa (4-2-3-1): Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem; Seriton Fernandes, Fares Arnaout, Anwar Ali, Aibanbha Dohling; Brison Fernandes, Edu Bedia; Makan Chothe, Iker Guarrotxena, Brendon Fernandes; Noah Sadaoui.
Goa is not only ahead of Jamshedpur on head-to-head statistics, but they also have had a much better time in the competition thus far. Hence, we have predicted the Gaurs to win this match.