Some interesting facts on both the matches tomorrow:
Match 1 – Atletico de Kolkata vs. F.C. Goa (16:30 p.m.)
1) The last day of league matches is upon us and we start with a cracker! AdK take on Goa at home! A chance for the passionate home fans to get behind their team and will them on to the final 4.
2) At the start of the season, AdK were odds on to make the final 4 with a few games to spare….with Goa having little or no chance to make the semis; as it turns out, it is F.C. Goa who have now already qualified with AdK need a point to ensure qualification while a victory would definitely assure them a place in the final 4.
3) AdK had taken 10 points in their first 3 games but have managed to collect only 8 more over the next 10. In their last 4 matches they have only been able to pick up 2 points ( 2 draws) and have totally lost momentum after a whirlwind start.
4) In contrast, F.C. Goa who were rock bottom after 7 rounds now find themselves in second place after a series of brilliant performances and have taken 12 points from their last 4 matches scoring 11 goals. The momentum is definitely on Goa’s side and it will be interesting to see if they can maintain this winning run.
5) It will be an open game given that AdK must go for victory to assure themselves of a place in the final 4. Will Goa sit back, absorb the pressure and counter attack? Or will both teams go for the jugular?
6) A lot will depend on who will score the first goal tomorrow. If AdK score, the fans will be in full voice and can really play the role of the 12th man in this legendary stadium
7) The key players for AdK who will need to step up are Luis Garcia, Borja & Fikru. Fikru after a bright start to life in the ISL has faded badly and will need to re discover his form if AdK hare to have realistic hopes in reaching the top 4 and beyond.
8) F.C. Goa have been flying and key to that has been the form of Andre Santos & Goan lad Romeo Fernandes. Can they beat Kolkata at home and inflict a huge shock?
Match 2 – North East Vs. Mumbai City F.C. (19:30 p.m.)
1) The last league match of the inaugural edition of the HISL will be played in Guwahati.
2) Depending on results in today’s match, tomorrow’s matchup between NEUFC & MCFC could well be a dead rubber as although they are still with a chance of qualifying mathematically, it is highly improbable.
3) NEUFC will be playing at home and will want to give their brilliant fans something to cheer about as they have been absolutely fantastic. The stadium has been sold out and a victory would be a good sendoff for this season.
4) A big problem for NEUFC in this edition of the tournament has been the lack of goals and their inability to convert their chances. They have scored a paltry 10 goals in 13 matches which tells its own story
5) The Indian core of players in NEUFC will be looking to make an impression in the last match. A few of them started brightly but the likes of Durga Boro And Doungel have flattered to deceive. Their best Indian player by some distance has been T.P, Rehenesh.
6) At the start of the season, not many people would have bet against MCFC making the final 4 given their squad strength but unfortunately, it simply has not worked out that way over the course of the season.
MCFC are languishing in 7th place and only a victory by a huge margin and with other results going their way can they now hope to qualify. They are left with too much to do and it looks like we won’t be having MCFC in the final 4 of this years HISL
7) Given their attacking strength , its perplexing that MCFC have scored only 11 goals in 13 games; one must also remember that 5 of these goals came in one match vs. Pune. This is simply not good enough for a team with serious title aspirations.
8) Can MCFC pull off minor miracle? Or will NEUFC pick up the 3 points and condemn MCFC to the bottom of the table; an unthinkable scenario at the start of the season.