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Securing three points on Sunday won’t be an easy task, though. They face a Bengaluru FC side, who have not only retained their core from last season but also further strengthened their squad. Bolstering a foreign contingent that includes the likes of Dimas Delgado and Erik Paartalu are Norwegian striker Kristian Opseth and Brazilian winger Cleiton Silva.
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The statistics favour Carles Cuadrat’s side. Since the Blues’ entry into the ISL, Goa have won only once against them in seven meetings. Ferrando, though, is not dwelling on the past. Cuadrat, who is yet to taste defeat against FC Goa as head coach, will be aiming to keep his record intact, with his side unbeaten in their last six games against the hosts, And he knows his side is in for a tough fight.
With Bengaluru conceding just 16 goals last season — the least by any team — and Goa scoring more than anyone, fans are in for an entertaining contest between two heavyweights.