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Goa, Chennaiyin set for exciting ISL final

Seeking to culminate a journey so far characterised by ups and downs, highs and lows, on a triumphant note, FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC lock horns in what promises to be a cracker of a title clash in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Sunday.

Playing in front of their home crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, FC Goa are expected to have a slight edge going into the big match against a team that has had a roller coaster ride over the past two and half months.

Both teams have faced each other on four occasions with FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC winning two apiece. Interestingly, both the finalists failed to capitalise on the home advantage, only managing to win their away fixtures. If Chennaiyin’s story was a typical roller-coaster ride with heart-wrenching lows and exhilarating highs, FC Goa too had a bumpy ride. A peek into the table may give one the impression that the journey to the final destination was a smooth one but the Goans know that the reality is something else. While they kept three clean sheets on home soil, Goa never won more than two games in succession this year and their longest unbeaten streak has been a stretch of four matches which featured two wins and two draws, culminating in their 7-0 blitz of Mumbai City FC – the biggest win in the history of the franchise-based league. 

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