Goa and Hyderabad will lock horns in their final league game of the Indian Super League on Sunday, February 28. Both the teams are eyeing for the final playoffs spot in this match.
The match is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm IST at the Fatorda Stadium.
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Read our analysis and preview for Goa vs Hyderabad below.
Goa vs Hyderabad H2H
Hyderabad FC to win: Why is this a good bet?
- The Nizams trail Goa by 2 points
- They are unbeaten in their last 11 matches
- Goa too, are unbeaten in their last 10
- Adriane Santana and Francisco Sandaza have scored 2 goals in their last 2 matches
- Goa won the first leg by 2-1
Purely from the context of football betting, this will be a difficult bet to make mainly because both sides are quite evenly matched for this fixture. Goa need a draw to stay alive in the competition why Hyderabad need to win to reach the playoffs.
Hyderabad’s 19 matches saw them pick up wins in 6 of those while drawing another 10. Goa, by the same token, picked up 7 wins and drew just 9 games.
That said, we are favouring a Hyderabad win in this match simply because of their recent momentum and the fact that they are still the underdogs. Most recently, they held ATK Mohun Bagan to a 2-2 draw. Before that, they routed Kerala Blasters by 4-0.
Santana and Sandaza have 14 goals between them for the Nizams and more impressively, they are looking in a mighty good form right now.
Manuel Roca’s tactics have clearly worked so far and now, he needs the team for the final push. Over the course of the season, the Nizams have delivered some big wins like 4-1 over Chennaiyin FC and 4-2 against NorthEast United.
Defensively too, they have been fairly impressive conceding just 19 goals – third-lowest in the league.
Goa FC, looking for a draw
The Gaurs are heading in this game after back to back victories against Bengaluru FC and Odisha FC. Juan Ferrando’s team is now just a draw/win away from reach the ISL playoffs for the sixth time.
Igor Angulo has scored 13 goals for the club and is currently the second-highest goalscorer this season.
FC Goa have also seen their fair share of draws in the last few weeks, notably against SC East Bengal, Kerala Blasters, Mumbai City, and NorthEast United. As for their last defeat, it came back in December against Chennaiyin.
As two-time ISL runners-up and three-time semifinalists, Goa have a rich pedigree in the league and will start this game as the favourites. However, if there was a time to bet on the underdogs to deliver a massive upset, this would be it.
Expect the Nizams to start strong and put early pressure on Goa.
Both Teams to Score: Why is this a good bet?
FC Goa have kept 2 clean sheets this season; Hyderabad have kept 7. However, Goa’s strikers are in an equally brilliant form and we can expect them to move past the Hyderabad’s defence in this match. Plus, a match of this caliber demands goals.
It is for the same reason that we predict this game to be a match with over 2.5 goals. Angulo’s fine run, combined with the attacking options enjoyed by Hyderabad, should lead to an entertaining game with many goals in the offering.
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