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Rivals Goa, Kerala look for first wins (Preview Match 19)

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Margao (Goa), Dec 5 (IANS) FC Goa and Kerala Blasters FC, who face each other here on Sunday, are still searching for their first wins of the season as they go into their fourth games of the season, at the Fatorda Stadium.

Both sides have faced each other 12 times, with FC Goa having the upper hand, winning eight while losing thrice. Goa are also on a six-match unbeaten run against Kerala and will aim to continue that.

Both sides find themselves in the bottom half of the table with just two points each.

While Kerala have dominated possession against all their opponents so far, they haven’t been efficient in the final third of the pitch and have struggled to create chances. Kerala are yet to score a goal from open play this season. Both their goals so far have come from set-pieces. At the back, Kibu Vicuna’s side has appeared shaky.

The two-time finalists have also been dealt a huge blow with captain Sergio Cidoncha likely to be out of action for a while.

“Every team is a different challenge. It’s true we have more similarities with FC Goa because of a similar style of play. It’s going to be a battle to have more of the ball. But they are going to play their cards and so will we,” said Vicuna.

Meanwhile, Goa have managed the highest possession in the ISL so far. But despite that, Juan Ferrando’s men have also dropped points from promising positions in their previous two encounters.

The Gaurs have also shipped in four goals, all of which have come through set-pieces. They will be hoping to tighten things up at the back. They are set to be without midfielder Alberto Noguera, who will miss the game through suspension.

“For our supporters, I want them to enjoy the game because it is two teams trying to play football. I’m sure it’s going to be a beautiful game,” said Ferrando.

As both teams indulge in similar style of play, fans can expect an open contest with plenty of entertainment.

–IANS

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