JERSEY PREDICTION: It's FC Goa to relive that horrid night versus Chennaiyin in the Super Cup tonight

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We are on the verge of the day of reckoning in Indian football when two Indian stalwarts will cross swords with each other to lift the most coveted knockout trophy in Indian football, Hero Super Cup.


Had it been a month back, on papers it would have been a clash of David versus Goliath, but with a month elapsed, Chennaiyin FC has put a mile between them in the Indian Super League and the same team in the Super Cup. Their resurgence to the finals has not only been noteworthy but has witnessed an affluent transition from being the last team in Indian Super League table to being an indomitable force.


However, this entire transition has revolved around a couple of names in the Chennai roster. The first name is the Brazilian defender, Mailson Alves. Mailson’s all-around performance with his towering appearance has been a major impetus in Chennaiyin’s echelons. The second name is of a budding Indian international, Anirudh Thapa. The man who has been most actively involved in a lion’s share of contribution towards Chennai’s goals in the tournament will be the one to watch out for. His gritty exploits upfront laced with timely assistance from Gregory Nelson has indeed made Chennai invincible in this tournament.


Now if we look at their opponents, this isn’t going to be a usual rags-to-riches story. FC Goa has always been a very consistent and extremely difficult opponent to overcome.


In a span of five years of ISL history, FC Goa has made it to the semi-finals and finals twice. In both the finals, Goa was drowned by some late drama after exchanging blows with their opponents. This is going to be Goa’s second finale of the season after they were bettered by Bengaluru in the ISL final.


Goa is a complete team that has players in all its positions, and the best part of the team is that it isn’t a one season wonder. The management has painstakingly invested in some very valuable players and built this team out of dust.


Goa is not lead by some passé foreign player who has found his footing in India after bidding adieu to international football. It is currently being led by Mandar Rao Desai, someone who has left an indelible footprint on Indian football over the years.


Out of its foreign recruits, Goa is bedecked by Ferran Corominas, the highest goal scorer of this year’s ISL. In their defence, they have an impregnable wall called Mourtada Fall, who has hurled his body on the line a countless number of times to avert his team’s downfall. With the trio of Edu Bedia, Jackichand Singh and Brandon Fernandes, their midfield is indeed a cauldron of some artistic creativity.


In a head to head of 13 matches, both the teams have shared the spoils equally. With both the teams stationed at 6 victories each and one draw, there is something which excites the audience about this tie. The average goal per game whenever these two sides have clashed was 3.5. Being a finale, today’s game will surely be a goal-fest if not a closely contested encounter.


However, Jersey decided to predict. Given the fact that we do not have a Paul, the octopus or Xavi, the prophet to share their clairvoyant expertise about Super Cup, Jersey chose to take a blind dig.


With all the odds stacked against Chennaiyin, we at Jersey believe that they are one team who rises to the occasion in the finals. The final of the second edition of ISL saw them roaring back to life, vanquishing Goa in the dying embers of the game. Last year’s ISL finale was also painted blue by Chennaiyin after a majestic performance against Bengaluru. However, FC Goa hasn’t really been a finale performer.


With the tie all set to kick off in a few hours from now, Goa will surely look forward to avenging their previous defeat and will put everything on the line to pen history by achieving their first major trophy.


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