Indian Super League 20/21: 5 Reasons why Jamshedpur can topple Goa – FC Goa lie third on the table, ten points behind leaders Mumbai City FC. While the Goa based outfit will be satisfied with their position, the points gap between them and the league leaders will be leaving them miffed. Jamshedpur on the other hand lie on the cast of the top four, just two points adrift of Goa.
While on paper Goa are heavy favourites, this season is anything but straightforward. We take a look at 5 reasons why Jamshedpur can beat FC Goa tonight at the Fatorda Stadium.
- Nerijus Valskis’ form: Last season’s golden boot winner and current Jamshedpur top scorer Nerijus Valskis has been on top form again this season. He’s scored 8 goals this season, and the team is heavily dependent on him, as he’s responsible for 72% of all Jamshedpur goals this season.
- Top performing foreign contingent: The aforementioned Valskis has not been the only on form foreigner for Jamshedpur FC. Nigerian defender Stephen Eze and Spanish midfielder Aitor Monroy have been regular and top performers for Jamshedpur too. Eze has been ever present in the lineup and has also scored three goals while contributing to 3 clean sheets. Monroy has two assists and averages 1.6 key passes per game.
- A win against the Gaurs will help them climb back into the top-four: Just two points adrift of Goa, a victory will see them leapfrog them into 4th, something which should motivate the players to be fired up for the job.
- Heartbreak in the previous matchup: The match between the Men of Steel and the Gaurs earlier this season produced a lot of drama as the Goan side came back from behind in the last few minutes of the match and sealed three points thanks to Igor Angulo. A legal Jamshedpur goal was also cancelled despite the ball crossing the goal line, and Jamshedpur will be keen to perform well again and thus beat FC Goa this time.
- With Owen Coyle as head coach, Jamshedpur will be led by someone who has done it in the ISL previously. Coyle took over Chennaiyin last year and led them to the ISL final, and if anyone knows how to rise up in the second half of an ISL Season, it’s Coyle.