FC Goa host ATK in a crunch top-of-the-table ISL clash at Fatorda on Saturday, with the Gaurs having the opportunity to leapfrog their opponents and go temporarily top of the ISL table with a win, until Bengaluru FC play on Sunday.
Both sides come into this game with away wins in their last game. Manvir Singh’s goal gave Goa a 1-0 win in Hyderabad, while Roy Krishna powered ATK to a 3-0 win against NorthEast United in Guwahati.
ATK are currently top of the table, with 14 points from seven games, two points ahead of Goa, who are fourth, with defending champions Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC sandwiched between these two, as we near the halfway mark of the ISL season.
The match also sees the two best attacks in the league go head to head. ATK have scored 15 goals while FC Goa have pumped 13 so far.
Goa’s attack is expected to be further boosted by the return of star striker Ferran Corominas. “We are playing against FC Goa and not just (Ferran) Corominas. I know Corominas is an important player, but we don’t have any special tactics for him. Normally I don’t choose one player from the opposition or from my team. I understand football is a collective sport and not an individual sport,” said ATK head coach Antonio Habas.
More importantly, ATK wouldn’t mind Goa enjoying most of the possession, and given the pace they have going forward Antonio Habas’ team are deadly on the counter. “For me, you will have to defend your goal and give your best. We have good strikers playing in front for us. We need to play hard and keep the concentration for every game, not only for ATK,” said Goa coach Sergio Lobera. “Sometimes it is not always a very good start to the season. I am very happy now. We are playing good. We are not keeping too many clean sheets, but we will work on that,” he added.
Head to Head: Played 12, FC Goa wins – 2, ATK wins – 3, Draws – 7
Date: 14th December 2019
Kickoff: 7:30 PM IST
Live Stream: Fans can catch the LIVE action with a half-an-hour preview show from 7:00 pm on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Bangla.
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa