FC Goa created history by topping the league stage. They are the first club set to play directly at the group stage of the prestigious Asian Champions League (ACL) from India -- a slot reserved for champion sides from each league stage.
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Saturday, 7th March|
|What time is Kick Off?||7:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
|Where is it Played?||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Star Sports 2/HD & Hotstar and Jio TV|
Both teams have no unavailabilities due to suspensions or injuries, and that sets us up for a cracker at Fatorda.
Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous, who both missed the first leg in Chennai, have been training with the full Goa squad, and are expected to return to the starting XI, replacing Manvir Singh and Len Doungel.
Edu Bedia, who had returned to Spain for a personal emergency, is also back in Goa, and gives Clifford Miranda another option in midfield.
|FC Goa||Mohammad Nawaz, Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Dessai, Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes, Jackichand Singh, Hugo Boumous, Ferran Corominas|
|Chennaiyin FC||Vishal Kaith, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Lucian Goian, Eli Sabia, Laldinliana Renthlei, Anirudh Thapa, Edwin Vanspaul, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Crivellaro, Andre Schembri, Nerijus Valskis|
The two sides have faced each other 17 times (once in the India Super Cup), and Goa lead the head-to-head with nine wins.
Chennaiyin beat the Gaurs in the first leg, for the first time in six games between the sides.
Goals from Lucian Goian, Anirudh Thapa, Eli Sabia, and Lallianzuala Chhangte put Chennaiyin in command of the tie, in the first leg, before Gama gave Goa some hope.
Chennaiyin FC wins: 7
FC Goa wins: 9
Here's how both teams have fared in their last five games.
|FC Goa||Chennaiyin FC|
|Chennaiyin 4-1 Goa (29/2)||Chennaiyin 4-1 Goa (29/2)|
|Jamshedpur 0-5 Goa (19/2)||NorthEast United 2-2 Chennaiyin (25/2)|
|Goa 5-2 Mumbai City (12/2)||Mumbai City 0-1 Chennaiyin (21/2)|
|Goa 4-1 Hyderabad (5/2)||ATK 1-3 Chennaiyin (16/2)|
|Odisha 2-4 Goa (29/1)||Chennaiyin 0-0 Bengaluru FC (9/2)|
Goa rarely lose at home, but Chennaiyin are perfectly equipped to take advantage of the goals they scored in the first leg.
Goa could clinch a win in the second leg, but it might not be enough to climb the Everest they left themselves with after the game in Chennai.
Prediction: FC Goa 3-2 Chennaiyin FC