For the second year on a row, FC Bengaluru are in the finals of the Indian Super league (ISL) as they take to the field against FC Goa at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday. Both the sides will eye their maiden ISL title after earlier competing in the final and ending up in the runners-up position. Hello and welcome to the Live blog of the much-0anticipated ISL final. Heading into the match the Sunil Chhetri-led BFC boasts of a better record as they remained at the top of the table throughout the campaign. FC Goa are the underdogs here but as they say, in football, nothing is predictable. We are in for an absolute entertainer, stay tuned!
7:00 IST: The fans are out loud, and in numbers at the Mumbai Football Arenal in Mumbai. The match will kick-off at 7:30 IST, stay tuned!
6:47 IST: The BFC and FC Goa have arrived in the Mumbai City Arena
6:45 IST: The final line-ups for both the sides are out!
Both the sides have played good football and hence find themselves featuring in the summit clash. On a head-to-head basis, Bengaluru FC lead 3-1, but given the fact that it is the all-important finals all that will not be taken seriously. Chhetri has had a good season where he has found the back of the net on nine occasions and he also has three assists to his name. Keeping a lid on Chhetri will be what Goa would look to plan.
“I think, in general, in football a lot of psychological things are happening. So, in some moments maybe it will affect, maybe not. It is something that we will know tomorrow. I don’t think it is going to give us confidence or they will approach the game in another way because they lost the last two games against us. I feel that it’s a final and a final is a completely different situation,” Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat.
Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa: Probable Lineups
Bengaluru FC (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Alex Barrera, Harmanjot Khabra, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Sunil Chhetri, Miku
FC Goa (4-2-3-1): Naveen Kumar, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Pena, Mandar Rao Desai, Ahmed Jahouh, Lenny Rodrigues, Jackichand Singh, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes/Manvir Singh, Ferran Corominas