I-League: Indian Arrows vs Gokulam FC- All you need to know
Eighth-placed Indian Arrows look to get back to winning ways and finish the festive season on a high when the young colts face ninth-placed Gokulam Kerala FC at the capital.
Losing two back to back matches against table toppers Minerva Punjab FC by a slight margin tarnished the high flying start of the Arrows, but Head Coach Luis Norton de Matos feels that his team will go all out for a win.
Speaking at the official pre-match press conference, Matos said, “We are certainly looking for a win against Gokulam Kerala FC. The Hero I-League is very exciting for us. In the Hero I-League, the most important thing for us is to show our boys can play with senior players. With no foreigners and mostly 16-17-year-olds, even if we finish 5th or 6th It’s a huge positive.”
Sitting beside Matos, skipper Amarjit Singh stated that, “We are combining well, we have players from both the U-17 and U-19 teams and our styles and strategy were different. In the first three matches, we were trying to adapt to each other. Hopefully, we will play better as we go along.”
“Minerva were quite consistent and they were quite physical, they were well organized and that’s why they (Minerva Punjab FC) are the league leaders. We lost to the brilliance of Chencho but collectively our team held our own”, Matos replied when asked about the back-to-back losses against Minerva Punjab FC.
With Hero I-League action returning back to the Capital, fans will get a chance to witness their Indian U-17 World Cup Squad heroes in the Indian Arrows. “It feels good to be back in Delhi and I hope the fans come to support us”, Matos informed.
Although the tide has been against Gokulam Kerala FC – losing two of their three matches and drawing one – Head Coach Bino George and his team will look to turn momentum in the capital.
Indian Arrows vs Gokulam FC
Hero I-League 2017-18
Date: 22nd December, 2017 (Friday)
Kick off at: 14.00 IST/ 8.30 GMT
Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD
Live Stream: Hotstar, Jio TV
They will go into the game with a completely fit squad.
Gokulam Kerala FC~
They will miss forward Stephen Bayi Kamo and midfielder Sushant Matthew.
Defenders- Sanjeev Stalin, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Boris Singh
Midfielders- Suresh Singh, Jeakson Singh, Amarjit Kiyam, Rahul Kannoly
Forwards- Aniket Jadhav, Edmund Lalrindika
Gokulam Kerala FC~
Goalkeeper- Nikhil Bernard
Defenders- Shinu S., Daniel Addo, Provat Lakra, Mohammed Salah K
Midfielders- Mohammed Irshad, Mohammed Rashid, Khaled Al Saleh
Forwards- U. Jimshad, Urunov, Leo Mbele
Arrows will be low on confidence with two consecutive losses to Minerva Punjab FC(0-2 and 0-1), whereas Gokulam will come into the game after a 1-1 draw. But, Indian Arrows being a project has no pressure of winning on the players. On the other hand, 34.8 million Keralites will look forward to Gokulam to win the match. Considering fitness as one of the main factors in football, the Blue colts are way ahead of GKFC. But, the team from Kerala are a little more experienced than the junior most team in the competition.
Considering all factors, LNTUP predicts a win for Indian Arrows with a correct scoreline of 2-1.