Bengaluru FC (BFC) will host FC Goa (FCG) in the first game of Matchday 5 of Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, October 25. The BFC vs FCG ISL 2023-24 match will start at 8:00 PM IST.
Under head coach Simon Grayson, Bengaluru FC will aim to start a winning run after defeating East Bengal FC 2-1 in their previous match.
The Blues earlier started their ISL 2023-24 campaign on a disappointing note as they went down to Kerala Blasters FC 1-2 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. They later suffered their second defeat after losing 0-1 to Mohun Bagan.
With three points from three matches, Bengaluru FC are placed ninth in the standings.
On the other hand, FC Goa have been one of the most impressive sides in the ongoing ISL. The Gaurs have won all their three matches so far.
FC Goa head into the game after overcoming East Bengal FC 2-1 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Earlier, the Manolo Marquez-coached side beat Punjab FC (1-0) and Odisha FC (3-2) in their opening two matches.
Having accumulated nine points from three matches, FC Goa are currently placed second in the standings.
Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa head-to-head
Bengaluru FC have a superior head-to-head record against FC Goa in ISL history. The Blues have won seven of the 13 matches that they have played against the Gaurs so far. FC Goa have registered three victories, while three matches have ended in draws.
The last time these two sides met, Bengaluru FC registered a 3-1 win over FC Goa at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in the ISL last season in February.
BFC vs FCG Dream11 fantasy football prediction for ISL 2023-24
While FC Goa have been unbeaten in the ISL 2023-24, Bengaluru FC hold a better head-to-head record.
Going by recent form, though, FCG will start as favourites against BFC on Wednesday.
BFC vs FCG Dream11 fantasy football team tips for ISL 2023-24
Top tip: Best forward
Star forward Carlos Martínez has been one of the standout players for FC Goa in the ongoing ISL season.The 37-year-old netted the match-winning goal against Punjab FC in their season opener. He has also provided one assist so far. Having accrued 121 fantasy points, Carlos Martínez will be a great fantasy pick for this match at 8 credits.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Bengaluru FC’s Javi Hernandez will be a player to watch out for in the midfield. The experienced Spanish midfielder has scored 19 goals and provided 21 assists in 101 ISL matches so far. He will look to control the midfield and help the hosts bag another three points. Javi Hernandez will look to add to his fantasy tally of 92 points and makes for a valuable addition to any fantasy side at 9 credits.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Among the defenders, FC Goa’s Sandesh Jhingan will be the overwhelming choice for your team. The 30-year-old India international scored a crucial goal against East Bengal to power his side to another victory. Jhingan has also registered 16 clearances and five tackles in the three matches this season. He will be pivotal for FC Goa against a star-studded BFC forward line. Having amassed 133 fantasy points, Jhingan will be a quality pick at 8.5 credits.
BFC’s Gurpreet Singh Sandhu edges Arshdeep Singh of FC Goa for the goalkeeper spot. The BFC custodian has been one of the top goalkeepers in ISL history, having recorded 64 clean sheets in 177 matches. At 8 credits, Gurpreet is a must-have fantasy pick for this clash.
BFC vs FCG playing XI (probable)
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (goalkeeper); Namgyal Bhutia, Parag Shrivas, Slavko Damjanovic, Jessel Carneiro; Javi Hernández, Harsh Patre, Rohit Kumar, Ryan Williams; Sunil Chhetri, Curtis Main
FC Goa: Arshdeep Singh (goalkeeper); Seriton Fernandes, Odei Onaindia, Sandesh Jhingan, Jay Gupta; Raynier Fernandes, Carl McHugh; Brandon Fernandes, Víctor Rodríguez, Udanta Singh Kumam; Carlos Martínez
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