FC Goa will look to reach the playoffs in the Indian Super League on Wednesday, February 17, when they meet the bottom-placed Odisha FC.
The match is scheduled for a 7:30 pm IST start at the Fatorda Stadium.
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Odisha vs FC Goa H2H
FC Goa to win: Why is this a good bet?
- Goa won the first leg of this tie by 1-0
- The Gaurs are in the fourth position with 24 points
- Odisha are at the bottom of the table with just 9 points
- Goa are unbeaten in their last 7 matches
- Meanwhile, the Juggernauts have lost 3 of their last 5
Juan Ferrando’s FC Goa have drawn their last 6 league games, 3 of which were against the established giants like Mumbai City FC, ATK Mohun Bagan, and NorthEast United.
While this is definitely a remarkable feat, a dearth of victories here may very well cost them the playoffs position. NEUFC have already leapfrogged them to the third place with 26 points, while Hyderabad FC and Bengaluru FC are closing on behind with 24 and 22 points respectively.
Most recently, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Chennaiyin FC in a game that saw Ishan Pandita of Goa score a 90th-minute equaliser to salvage the point.
Goa ought to win this game against Odisha as things will only get difficult for them afterwards – they face Bengaluru and Hyderabad, both of whom are in a decent form right now. If there is a chance for them to get the three points, this is it.
However, Edu Bedia will miss this game and Ferrando will have to bank on other players to lead the squad on field.
A disappointing end for Odisha?
As for Odisha, they have just 3 matches remaining and at this point in the league, they are playing more for pride and respect.
After Goa, they face the league leaders Mumbai and end the season with a game against SC East Bengal. Clearly, their prospects of winning these matches are very less but nonetheless, they will put up a good fight.
The Juggernauts recently lost to NorthEast United and Mohun Bagan while holding Kerala Blasters to a 2-2 draw. The side has a tendency to score, it is the discipline to follow through to wins that they lack dramatically.
Expect Goa to win this game comfortably.
Both teams to score: Why is this a good bet?
Both the sides have conceded in their last 6 matches. It stands to reason that we will see a similar trend this time around too.
Over 3.5 goals in the match: Why is this a good bet?
Goa’s last 3 matches have seen over 3.5 goals; coincidentally, Odisha are in the same boat as well. Goa’s strikers are in a fine form and they have a chance here to build some confidence with some solid attacking, especially given the shoddy defence of their opponents.
It is for the same reason that our Hot Bet is along the lines of Goa winning by 3 goals.
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