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FC Goa vs Mumbai City: Neck-to-neck in passing stats; Expect an exciting semifinal

10:27 AM IST 05/03/21
Goa Mumbai City Cy Goddard
The two teams are to meet each other for the second time in the semi-finals as Goal looks at some stats from Opta in conjunction to the tie...

FC Goa face Mumbai City in the first of the two semi-finals in the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) with the leg 1 of the fixture on Friday.

The Gaurs needed just a point in their last league of the season to qualify for the play-offs and they did just that in the form of a goalless draw against Hyderabad.

While Mumbai City outplayed ATK Mohun Bagan in their final game in the regular season in order to clinch the ISL League Shield and set up a clash against the Goans.

Goal looks some numbers that could define the tie.

All the statistics mentioned in this article are provided by Opta.

  • Ishan Pandita FC Goa

    #1 Without a single start

    FC Goa’s Ishan Pandita has the best minutes per goal ratio in the current campaign of the league (13). The Indian striker has played mere 52 minutes in the league but has already scored four goals.

  • Mourtada Fall, East Bengal vs Mumbai City

    #2 Watch his head

    Mumbai City FC defender Mourtada Fall has scored 12 goals in the Indian Super League, all of which were scored with his head. Only India and Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri has scored more with the head in the ISL (13).

  • Alberto Noguera, Hugo Boumous

    #3 Take it another mile

    FC Goa's Jorge Ortiz and Alberto Noguera have carried the ball 3942 and 3509 metres respectively from their 19 appearances, the furthest in the Indian Super League this season. Mumbai's Hugo Boumous is third in this category with a distance of 3297 metres, however he has appeared in just 13 matches.

  • Goa Mumbai City Ivan Gonzalez

    #4 In a league of their own!

    FC Goa and Mumbai City have the best passing accuracy in this season of the Indian Super League, 81.5% and 81.4% respectively. 7,391 of their 9,069 passes were successful for Goa, while 7,371 of their 9,058 passes were successful for the Islanders. None of the other teams in the league had attempted over 8,000 passes, with the closest being SC East Bengal who attempted 7854 passes.

  • Sergio Lobera Juan Ferrando Mumbai City FC Goa ISL 7

    #5 Passmasters!

    Mumbai City and FC Goa have registered the most sequences with 10+ passes this season, 211 and 205 respectively. However, Mumbai failed to register even one such sequence during their last match against ATKMB.

  • Sergio Lobera Jorge Costa Mumbai City FC Goa

    #6 At the same stage again

    This is the third time, Mumbai City FC have made it to the play-offs in the Indian Super League. They have won just one match of their four at this stage (D1 L2). However, that win was registered against FC Goa (1-0).

  • Juan Ferrando FC Goa ISL

    #7 A record that got better this season

    This is the sixth time FC Goa have made it to the semi-final in the seven seasons of the Indian Super League, the only campaign they did not make it to this stage was in 2016. The Gaurs have won three of their 10 matches in the semi-finals stage (D3 L4).

  • FC Goa Mumbai City

    #8 Two years ago

    The only time the two sides met in the semi-finals was during the 2018-19 season, FC Goa won the first-leg 5-1, while Mumbai won the second-leg 1-0. Goa made it to the finals with a better goal aggregate. They eventually went down to Bengaluru in the final (0-1).

  • Glan Martins, Mumbai City vs FC Goa

    #9 Until we meet again

    This will be the 17th meeting between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League. Goa have won seven of these encounters, while Mumbai have won five (D4). The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 3-3 draw.