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ISL Fantasy 2017: Tips for FC Goa vs Kerala Blasters

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09 Dec 2017, 03:54 IST

Kerala Blasters will look to get their first win of the season. (Photo: ISL)
Kerala Blasters will look to get their first win of the season. (Photo: ISL)

Match 20 of ISL 2017 will see FC Goa take on Kerala Blasters. FC Goa have won 2 out of their 3 matches so far, while Kerala Blasters are yet to win in 3 matches having scored just 1 goal.

Goalkeepers

Laxmikant Kattimani: Kattimani has so far endured a nightmare ISL season making costly mistakes which has dented FC Goa’s chances of keeping a clean sheet. The FC Goa captain next comes up against Kerala Blasters who have struggled in attack managing just 1 goal in 3 matches.

Defenders

Seriton Fernandes: The Goan native has been solid without being spectacular so far. He has stuck to his tasks and has been difficult to get past for his opponent. He has made 13 tackles so far, the most by an FC Goa defender, while he has also the made the most interceptions by a FC Goa defender.      

Bruno Pinheiro: Bruno Pinheiro has been busy in both his matches so far. He has attempted 8 tackles in just 2 matches. Bruno also took a few free kicks, which boosts his attacking potential. Bruno’s potential at both the ends means he can be expected to score few points.

Rino Anto: Anto provided the pinpoint cross which led to Kerala’s first goal in ISL 2017. The Thrissur born right-back has been strong defensively and has also impressed going forward. Kerala’s strong defensive record means Anto has the potential to earn points at both ends.

Midfielders

Jackichand Singh: Jackichand has impressed in the last 2 matches with his pace, trickery and work rate. The 25-year-old created numerous opportunities for his teammates and was also a threat himself. With FC Goa’s defence yet to keep a clean sheet Jacki can prove to be Kerala Blasters match winner.

Manuel Lanzarote: The FC Goa winger was superb in the last match against Bengaluru FC repeatedly finding gaps in the Bengaluru FC backline with his technique and incisive passing. The Spanish playmaker is FC Goa’s chief creator having assisted 2 goals so far and is also a threat with his shooting having already scored 2 goals so far. The 33- year-old has attempted 10 shots so far, the most by any midfielder in ISL 2017 so far.

Ahmed Jahouh: The FC Goa midfielder has been outstanding displaying both his offensive and defensive abilities. The Moroccan has controlled FC Goa’s midfield with his intelligent passing and was also not shy to get stuck in when required. He has attempted the most passes and has also attempted the most tackles by a midfielder so far. His all-action style means he is a must pick for your fantasy teams.

Mandar Rao Desai: Mandar started the campaign with a brilliant performance against Chennaiyin FC scoring one and assisting 1 goal. He has been a bit subdued in the last 2 matches but has still got into the some dangerous positions. The pacy winger cannot be ignored as he possesses the skills to cause damage to any opposition

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Forwards

Mark Sifneos: Mark Sifneos made his first start in ISL 2017 against Mumbai City FC, with the coach preferring him over the ISL record goal scorer Iain Hume. The Dutch forward repaid the faith by scoring Kerala Blasters first goal in ISL 2017.

Berbatov: Dimitar Berbatov has reinvented himself as a play maker and has impressed with his touch, technique and vision to set up team mates. The Bulgarian has attempted the most shots on target by a Kerala Blasters player. He has also created the most chances by a Kerala player.

Coro: The Spanish striker has scored the only hattrick of ISL 2017 against Bengaluru FC and comes into the match high on confidence. The former Espanyol striker has wowed FC Goa fans with his twinkle toes, technique, vision and work rate. Coro has contributed attacking returns in all the 3 matches so far and is a must pick for your teams.

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