Atletico de Kolkata vs FC Goa
FC Goa are the favourites to progress to the finals of the Hero Indian Super LeagueISL's Official Website

FC Goa play hosts to Atletico de Kolkata in the second leg semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League as both sides look to book a date with Kerala Blasters in the finals of the competition.

Goa are definitely the favourites to progress to the ISL final as they have been playing very well of late, remaining unbeaten in their last nine fixtures.

They were also the better side in the first leg semi-finals against Kolkata, despite not being able to win the game.

They were unlucky to record a 0-0 draw in the first leg especially considering they created 17 chances during that game as compared to Kolkata's 7.

And Goa boss Zico hopes that his side's finishing will be better in the second leg now that they will be playing on a natural pitch.

"Creating and missing chances are all part and parcel of the sport. We created many opportunities but were unable to score. I hope in the game tomorrow, we create more opportunities and score," the Brazilian legend told ISL's official website.

"It was difficult to control the ball on artificial turf, as opposed to natural grass where it is much easier."

The 61-year-old Brazilian dismissed notions of Goa having an advantage in the second led due to Kolkata being without their main player Fikru Teferra in the second leg.

"As I have said earlier, it will be an advantage for us if they come to play with only 10 players. If they are playing with 11 men, it is not an advantage."

Finally, although Goa haven't been able to defeat Atletico de Kolkata so far, Zico is confident that they will be able to beat them on Wednesday.

"I think we will be able to defeat them when the moment is right, tomorrow!" he added.

Meanwhile, Kolkata will also be looking to book their place in the finals of the Indian Super League, despite them being up against a formidable opponent like FC Goa.

In the first leg, the Sourav Ganguly co-owned side were lucky to record a goalless draw considering the fact that they were dominated by Goa in their own backyard.

Now the task will probably be more difficult in the second leg at Fatorda Stadium, but Kolkata boss Antonio López Habas insists that his side will be heading to this game with a winning mentality.

"Our strategy is simple. We will look to control the game and keep the intensity up. It will be a different game than before. We're playing away and it will be difficult. The team we're playing against is a very good one," Habas told ISL's official website.

"The players have been working hard. We will set the team up for a win tomorrow. Normally in tournaments like this, when you're playing the second leg away, the home team has a bit of an advantage. But let's see."

Finally The former Valencia boss also confirmed that Fikru will be unavailable for this game due to him not being a hundred percent fit.

"He [Fikru] has a slight problem. He is not 100 per cent (fit) and won't take part in tomorrow's contest. He hasn't travelled with the team," said the Spaniard.

However, Habas is confident that Fikru's replacement Mohammed Rafi will be doing well against Goa on Wednesday.

"Rafi is a good player. He has improved a lot in the last week of this tournament. We have a lot of confidence in his ability as a player," he explained."

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for 7pm IST (1:30pm GMT, 8:30am ET) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports 3, Star Gold, Asianet Movies, Suvarna Channel, Jalsha Movies and a few more channels. Viewers can also watch the ISL match via free live streaming online on

US viewers can live stream the ISL second leg semi-final on FoxSoccer2go, while Europe viewers can catch all the action live on Eurosport or their online Player.

South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa audience can catch the ISL second leg semi-final live on SuperSport or their online option. Viewers in Australia can catch the match live on Fox Sports or via their live video option online. Middle East and North Africa viewers can watch the match on Bein Sports or via live streaming on Bein Sports Connect.

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