Seventh placed Odisha FC takes on FC Goa who are currently ranked a spot below their counterparts for the night. It’s a defining encounter for both the sides and the outcome might decide the fate in this riveting mid table clash.
After a shocking departure of their Head Coach – Juan Ferrando, FC Goa will be a wounded side raring to prove their mettle in the league. Goan veteran Derrick Pereira will be taking charge of the Gaurs, in an attempt to guide the team to glory. On the teamsheet, FC Goa will miss the firepower of Jorge Ortiz who is serving a one match ban he received because of his conduct in the game against Bengaluru FC.
Speaking about Odisha, defenders Hector Rodas and Sahil Panwar are sidelined because of their injuries.
Three Indian Players to watch out
With a goal to his name, youngster Devendra Murgaonkar is brimming with confidence with every passing game. Although not the most effective attackers, the 23 year old definitely has the knack to unlock defenses and construct scoring opportunities.
The wing back has been in superb form throughout this season. Having played almost 6 full games in a row, Lalruatthara is making his presence felt on the flanks. Be it constricting the attacks from the wing or tracking back to defend, the 26 year old defender has proved to be an exciting prospect.
A pillar in the midfield, Glan Martins has resumed the training for FC Goa and we might see him back in action super soon. The midfielder has been a vital cog and will play a key role alongside Edu Bedia in FC Goa’s trademark double pivot.
Three Foreign Players to watch out
After his move to Odisha FC, Javi Hernandez has been in a red hot form. Be it scoring crucial goals or assisting them, Javi has done it all. 6 (G+A) Goal contributions in 6 games, alongside a proven track record makes him a deadly force in Odisha FC’s midfield.
Captain of the ship, Edu Bedia will have added responsibility to lead the team in such unforeseen circumstances. The midfielder has been pivotal for FC Goa, knitting key passes and covering the hard yards. He has been one of the highest pass makers in the season so far, and things could only get better for the Spaniard.
Probably the most effective player in the pack, Alberto Noguera has upped his record from the past season. With an average figure of 48 passes per game, he continues to be a vital cog and with Ortiz’ missing out, Noguera will play an instrumental role in the final third.
Head to Head
Odisha FC have faced Goa four times in the past, and every single time the latter has came out victorious. With 4/4 wins under their belt and a decent record FC Goa seem to be the better side.
Although considering how things have panned this season, we can expect a nail biting encounter with both the sides hungry for glory. Having gone through the head to head we feel that the Gaurs have an edge over their counterparts and can win the game by narrow margins.
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