A new-look FC Goa, strengthened with the addition of new foreign players and a new head coach, will begin their Indian Super League campaign with a new vigour when they clash with formidable Bengaluru FC, here on Sunday.
FC Goa have never won the coveted ISL trophy and would be hoping that this time around they go one step forward than 2018 and 2015 seasons, when they emerged as runners-up.
But it won’t be an easy task for coach Juan Ferrando, who wants the club to continue playing attacking brand of football, which they also played under their previous coach Sergio Lobera.
On the other hand, Bengaluru, who have won the ISL once, would also be hoping for a winning start and contribution of star striker Sunil Chhetri would be the key.
The Bengaluru team boasts of a well-rounded unit and will be a tough opponent first up.
The prolific Chhetri can turn a game on its head single handedly and with a strong support cast, BFC will be hard to beat.
Another important cog in BFC’s wheel is experienced custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who kept the record of 11 clean-sheets last season. His role would be equally important as that of Chhetri.
FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC Head to Head Record and Stats
FC Goa and Bengaluru FC played so far 7 matches. FC Goa won 1 direct matches. Bengaluru FC won 5 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.
FC Goa in actual season average scored goals per match. In (%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In (%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Bengaluru FC average scored goals per match in season 2020. In (%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In (%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC Head to head
Total no. of matches played: 7
Matches won by FC Goa: 1
Matches won by Bengaluru FC: 5
Games Drawn: 1
Highest goal aggregate in a single match: FC Goa 4-3 BFC, 30 November 2017
FC Goa’s biggest victory: FC Goa 4-3 BFC, 30 November 2017
BFC’s biggest victory: BFC 3-0 FC Goa, 21st February 2019
When does FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC Bagan kick off? Friday 22nd November, 7.30pm IST
Where is FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC being played? Fatorda Stadium, Goa
What TV channel is FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC ?
FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC and other round 1 fixtures of ISL 2020-21 will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi and their respective HD TV channels in India.
Online live streaming of FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.
ISL 2020-21: FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC Predicted XI
FC Goa Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Mohammad Nawaz; Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Saviour Gama; Edu Bedia, Lenny Rodrigues; Seiminlen Doungel, Brandon Fernandes, Jorge Ortiz Mendoza; Igor Angulo
Bengaluru FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Rahul Bheke, Fran Gonzalez, Juanan Gonzalez, Ashique Kuruniyan; Erik Paartalu, Suresh Singh Wangjam; Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva, Sunil Chhetri; Kristian Opseth
ISL 2020-21: FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC Prediction
With this being the first game of the season for these teams, there is likely to be tentativeness to begin with. We are predicting a draw in a match that will be used to bring the two sides up to the intensity required for the ISL.