NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) will go up against FC Goa (FCG) in the final clash of Matchweek 15 of the Hero Indian Super League 22/23 on Sunday, January 15, at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. Both sides come into this game on the back of defeats. While the Highlanders suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Bengaluru FC after a last-minute header, the Gaurs also lost 3-1 at home to Hyderabad FC, courtesy of an Ogbeche hat-trick.
NorthEast United’s defeat has officially ruled them out of the playoffs race, but the same can’t be said about FC Goa. They’re still sitting in sixth place in the table, but with Bengaluru FC picking up some steam and Chennaiyin FC also still in the hunt, they can’t afford to drop points in games like these.
Goa’s form might be concerning, but it also has to be noted that the head-to-head records, in addition to NorthEast United’s dismal display throughout the tournament, will provide them with a psychological boost. Hence, we have predicted the Gaurs to win this match.
The head-to-head records are inclined in favour of Goa. The Gaurs have won 6 of the previous 17 league meetings against NorthEast United, with the Highlanders winning only 3 matches. Notably, 8 fixtures between these two teams have ended in stalemates.
The first meeting of this season, which took place only last month, produced a 2-1 win for Goa. Edu Bedia and Iker Guarrotxena were on target for Pena’s side, while from Annese’s team, Wilmar Jordan was the lone goal-scorer.
This match will start from 7:30 pm
This match will take place on 15 January 2023
After a disappointing 1-2 defeat against Bengaluru, Annese is likely to make changes to his team. The midfield department looked particularly weak, and we could see two tweaks being made to fix that problem. Emil Benny could be replaced by Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha, while Parthib Gogoi might have to make way for Imran Khan.
Besides that, we could also see two changes being made in the attacking department. Jithin MS could be re-introduced in the team at the expense of Rochharzela, while for Jordan, the new signing from DR Congo, Kule Mbombo could make his debut.
On a similar note, Pena could also look to make changes to his team after a poor display against Hyderabad. Right-back Sanson Pereira had a torrid time in his failed bid to keep Mohammad Yasir quiet, and in his place, we could see Saviour Gama starting this game.
Mirshad Michu, Aaron Evans, Hira Mondal, Alex Saji, Joe Zoherliana, Romain Philippoteaux, Jon Gaztanaga, Parthib Gogoi, Pragyan Gogoi, Jithin MS, Wilmar Gil.
Dheeraj Singh, Seriton Fernandes, Anwar Ali, Fares Arnaout, Aibanbha Dohling, Ayush Chhetri, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Iker Guarrotxena, Redeem Tlang, and Noah Sadaoui.
While NorthEast is the weaker side in this Indian Super League fixture, we expect the hosts to score nonetheless. They scored against Goa in all the last five duels and only failed to score in one of the last 10 meetings. We are tipping a correct score of 3-1 to Goa as our third prediction for the game.
NorthEast United vs Goa a great match to watch, NorthEast United will win.
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