Depleted Goa take on confident East Bengal
Bhubaneswar, Apr 15 (PTI) FC Goa will have to manage with their depleted resources when they take on a resurgent East Bengal in a Super Cup semi-final, here tomorrow.
With three of their players suspended after a half0-time brawl during their quarter-final against Jamshedpur FC, Goa will have their task cut out against the red and gold brigade tomorrow.
With Bruno Pinheiro and Sergio Juste both suspended, Ali Mohammed and Chinglensana Singh is expected to replace the duo.
Seriton Fernandes and Narayan Das will start in their full back positions. With India international Pranoy Halder picking up a second yellow in consecutive games, he along with Hugo Boumous will also miss the semi-finals. In his absence, Pratesh Shirodkar will take the field along side Edu Bedia.
The Gaurs have a few problems in front with Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous missing this game. Manvir Singh and Anthony D'souza will most likely replace the suspended players with Mandar Rao Desai playing on wide left.
Ferran Corominas is expected to fill in the attacking midfield position and Manvir will take his place upfront.
Considering the absence of a number of key players for this tie, the Gaurs will have a lot of work to do against an organized and effective unit in East Bengal.
Japanese midfield general, Katsumi Yusa and attacker Mohammed Amna are both vital players for the Bengal side and the Gaurs will have to be at their very best to keep them in check.
This promises to be an exciting tie with the winner progressing to the final of the Hero Super Cup