Published: 12th Dec,2020 1:40PM

  • Odisha FC will face FC Goa at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday.
  • Odisha FC lost both home and away to FC Goa in last year’s ISL.
FC Goa squad players in training (Courtesy – ISL)

Odisha FC will be in the hunt for their first win of the season when they face FC Goa at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Saturday. Odisha are only one spot away from the bottom of the table on goal difference, having picked up just a single point from their opening four games of the season.

In their last game, coach Stuart Baxter’s team were outplayed and could well have lost by more goals against a rampant Mumbai City FC side. Odisha eventually lost 2-0, thanks to goals from Bartholomew Ogbeche and Rowllin Borges.

FC Goa picked up their first win of the season in their previous game against the Kerala Blasters. Igor Angulo scored twice in a 3-1 win, during which he had a goal gifted to him by Kerala goalkeeper Albino Gomes.

Juan Ferrando would have been delighted with FC Goa’s display in the game against the Kerala Blasters, as the team showed a cutting edge and penetration in the final third.

Odisha FC vs FC Goa head-to-head

Last season, which was Odisha’s first in the ISL, saw them lose both games to FC Goa. They lost 4-2 at the Kalinga Stadium and also lost the match at Fatorda 3-0.

Odisha FC form guide: L-L-D-L

FC Goa form guide: W-D-L-D

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Odisha FC Preview

Odisha FC come into this clash on the back of a couple of losses against ATK Mohun Bagan

and Mumbai City FC. They will aim to put their poor start in ISL 2020-21 behind them and get their first win.

Head coach Stuart Baxter would hope for a better performance from his defense

after conceding five goals in their last three encounters. He has a strong attacking unit comprising players such as Marcelinho, Nandha Kumar Sekar, Diego Mauricio, and Manuel Onwu. They will look to put in a better shift after failing to score in the last two matches.

FC Goa Preview

Head coach Juan Ferrando picked up his first win of ISL 2020-21 when FC Goa defeated Kerala Blasters FC. Powered by a brace from Igor Angulo, the Gaurs overcame the Blasters by a 3-1 margin. Jorge Ortiz added another one to the scoresheet, for his first ISL goal.

FC Goa will be highly confident coming into the match against Odisha FC in Bambolim. The team will hope to carry on the positive momentum as the ISL 2020-21 season progresses.

Odisha FC vs FC Goa predicted XIs

Odisha FC

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Kamaljit Singh, Shubham Sarangi, Steven Taylor, Jacob Tratt, Hendry Antonay, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Cole Alexander, Gaurav Bora, Nandhakumar Sekar, Diego Mauricio, Manuel Onwu

FC Goa

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Mohammad Nawaz, Seriton Fernandes, Aiban Dohling, Ivan Gonzalez, Saviour Gama, Edu Bedia, Lenny Rodrigues, Alberto Noguera, Brandon Fernandes, Jorge Ortiz, Igor Angulo.

Odisha FC vs FC Goa prediction

Against an Odisha side bereft of confidence at the moment, Goa should pick up a comfortable win given the form of the likes of Brandon and Angulo.

Prediction: Odisha FC 0-3 FC Goa