NEUFC plot to end Goa’s unbeaten run | Football News – Times of India

NEUFC plot to end Goa’s unbeaten run | Football News - Times of India

Highlanders fans have been deprived of the joy of victory during the festive season. But North East United FC A win will hope to step up in 2024 as they are second and in form FC Goa I Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Friday in Guwahati
Unbeaten in the first nine games of their current season. ISL campaign, FC Goa will aim to achieve a similar result against the Highlanders. If they succeed, the Gores will finish the first half of a season with an unblemished record for the first time in their history.
With 23 points from nine matches and sitting second in the table, Goa have won seven times in the league so far, drawing the remaining two matches since the appointment of head coach Manolo Marquez in June.
NEUFC, meanwhile, may currently be in eighth place – but they have only had a negative result in the form of a loss on four different occasions in the 11 matches they have played so far. And as the Gores are already aware from their recent encounter against them in the Durand Cup which ended in a 2-2 draw, the Highlanders have the power to derail any opposition on their day, as That Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC discovered. recently
In the pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Goa coach Marquez started by talking about the loss of Victor Rodriguez, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. “Unfortunately, this is part and parcel of the game for everyone, and we have to move on. We will try to find alternatives – but for now, the focus is only on the upcoming match in Guwahati,” he said.
A win would help the Gores leapfrog current leaders Kerala Blasters but the Highlanders will have their own goals as well. All three points against the men in orange could see Juan Pedro Benali and sixth in the final play-off spots.
The Guwahati-based side have not registered a win in their last six matches since the last week of October and will look to break the streak at home.
“A point is not a good result for us,” Benali said in the pre-match press conference. “We didn’t come here to draw. We never go for a draw. I don’t have a problem with a win or a loss. I like it. We deserve more. But we play against a very strong, big team who I have a lot of international players. We had a lot of young players on the field (before). They showed that we can do it,” Benali concluded.

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