And come Monday, head coach Juan Ferrando, who has advocated an attacking brand of football, would be hoping that the team gets a full three points for the first time, which would serve as a morale booster for the remaining season.
For that to happen, FC Goa would bank on their Spanish striker Igor Angulo, who scored a brace in their game against Bengaluru.
The 36-year old sharpshooter would have to deliver once again but will need support from other strikers — Aaren D’Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita and Makan Chothe — whoever plays.
In the mid-field, skipper Edu Bedia would have a key role to play. On his day, the Spaniard can decide the fate of the game and he would be raring to go.
The team also possesses an array of other decent mid-fielders such as India international Brandon Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Albert Noguera, and Jorge Ortiz, who will have to play their role as feeders.
Goa would be certainly missing utility mid-fielders like Ahmed Jahouh and Hugo Boumous, who have exited the club, and the others such as Noguera, who made his debut for Goa against MumbaI City, will need to establish himself as the link between Bedia and Angulo.
Goa’s defence would be relied upon the likes of Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie apart from other local defenders, who would have to be on their toes to thwart the opposition attack.
Goa’s Redeem Tlang will be ineligible for selection as he is serving an automatic one-match ban after being given a red card.
On the other hand, NorthEast would also be looking to register their second victory after a winning start to their campaign when they humbled Mumbai City FC 1-0.
However, they drew 2-2 against Kerala Blasters.
The Highlanders also boast of a well-rounded unit and will be a tough opponent to counter.
Their head coach Gerrard Nus was proud of the character that his team showed against Kerala Blasters.
“We showed character, we also showed how well we can defend. But we also showed that we can keep possession and create chances,” Nus had said.
Nus would be hoping that the team’s foreign players pull their weight once again and strikers Idrissa Sylla, a former Anderlecht and Queens Park Rangers player, and former Ghanaian international Kwesi Appaiah, play their roles to perfection.
The rest of the Indian players will also need to step up their performances to ensure that the team remains in the top four position.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Total Matches Played: 12
FC Goa Won: 05
NorthEast United FC: 02
FC Goa Lost: 05
NorthEast United FC: 02
Match Tied: 05
No Results: 00
Total Goals Scored: 39
FC Goa scored: 24
NorthEast United FC: 15
# When and where to watch FC Goa vs NorthEast United FC
When does Goa vs NorthEast United kick off? Monday 30th November, 2020 – 7:30 PM IST
Where is Goa vs NorthEast United being played? Fatorda Stadium, Goa
Where can I get tickets for Goa vs NorthEast United? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website
What TV channel is Goa vs NorthEast United on in the India? This match will not be televised live in the UK but will be shown live on Star Sports in India
Where can I stream Goa vs NorthEast United in the India? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK but those in India can stream it via Disney + Hotstar and Jio TV
Mohammad Nawaz, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez, Mohamed Ali, Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Princeton Rebello, Jorge Ortiz, Igor Angulo
NorthEast United FC:
Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Gurjiner Kumar, Benjamin Lambot, Gurjinder Kumar, Ashutosh Mehta, Khassa Camara, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Federico Gallego, Luis Machado, Kwesi Appiah, Fanai Lalrempuia
After picking up just one point from their opening two Indian Super League games, the pressure is on Goa here to find their first league victory against a NorthEast United side with four points from two matches and in a much better place mentally. United came back from 2-0 down in their second league game of the season to salvage a 2-2 draw against Kerala Blasters thanks to goals from Kwesi Appiah and Idrissa Sylla.
It is difficult not to see another positive result emerge here for NorthEast United when you consider their danger going forward, combined with the fragile nature of Goa’s confidence, after losing to a second half stoppage time penalty last time out against Mumbai City.