Wednesday will witness FC Goa take on Chennaiyin FC in Match 4 of the Indian Super League (ISL) or MS Dhoni’s Chennaiyin FC will take on Virat Kohli’s FC Goa in the 4th match of the Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda at 7:00 PM (IST).
Where to Watch Live
Match 3 of the ISL is scheduled to begin at 7 pm IST (3.30 pm GMT, 9.30 am ET) and the live telecast will be shown on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD2, Suvarna Plus, Asianet Movies and Jalsha Movies. The match can also be watched free online with live streaming on Starsports.com. Those in the US can watch it live online onFoxsoccer2go.
Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can catch it on Bein Sports Arabia or the live stream on Bein Sports Connect.
Goans month long training camp made their coach Zico happy. "I am happy the way boys are playing, they have done well in the three friendly matches which we have won. Now I am looking forward for tomorrow’s match and hoping to collect all three points," he said.
Goa FC is reportedly pinning its hopes on the presence of Brazilian Andre Santos. Zico said, "It is really good that Andre Santos has come over in to the squad. He was the last piece that was missing, now we are a full team."
With former French star Robert Pires in their ranks alongside Czech Republic’s Jan Seda and Miroslav Slepicka, Frenchmen Gregoy Arnolin and Youness Bengelloun, Portuguese trio of Bruno Pinheiro, Miguel Pereira and Edgar Marcelino — Goans are balanced and they just need to run for their fortune.
Goa’s Indian players Dempo include young Holicharan Narzary, Peter Carvalho and Rowilson Rodrigues, Debabrata Roy and Gabriel Fernandes. Frenchman and former Arsenal player Robert Pires, who is Goa’s marquee, is expected to take the midfield with Portuguese striker Miguel Herlein fielded against him.
The Chennaiyin FC squad has Marco Matterrazi, the Italian from the 2006 World Cup team being their marque player-cum-manager. Matterrazi was known for the most controversial moment of World Cup history when he was headbutted by Frenchman Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 final. Another World Cupper in Chennaiyin is Brazilian Elano Blummer.
Besides, there is former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre, Colombian striker John Stiven Mendonza, who would join his compatriot Jairo Carvazal. Frenchmen, goalkeeper Gennaro Bracigliano and Bernard Mendy, Serbian Bojan Djordjic, Spaniards Eduardo Silva and Cristian Gonzalez.
Among the Indian players, Chennaiyin FC has Gourmangi Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Harmanjot Khabra, Denson Devadas, Khelemba Meetei, N P Pradeep as well as Goa’s Jaison Vales and Anthony Barbosa.
Chennaiyan has Robert Pires and Materazzi who will play hosts bereft of much support from the audience. The FC Goa is expected to be vibrant today with a gallant co-owner in the form of Virat Kohli who is aggressive and may make his team too follow same instincts.
With coach Arthur Antunes Coimbra aka Zico who is also known as the White Pele for his flamboyant play, tactical brilliance, Goans should be a perfect blend of aggression and composure.
The Chennaiyin FC players, with a cool owner in MS Dhoni, could make it big in this league with big names like Italian World Cup winner Marcos Materazzi in their ranks as their player-manager. Italian star Marcos Materazzi gracing them, Chennaiyan will look to last long while
Chennaiyan should win unless Kohli enters the ground to whip up his boys.