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Odisha FC vs FC Goa, Indian Super League 2023-2024, Today Match Prediction

Bhubaneswar, Kalinga Stadium



Odisha and Goa Get Ready for a Title Battle at the Top

  • Odisha and Goa are separated by just three points at the top
  • The table leaders are on a four-game winning sequence
  • Goa have the longest unbeaten streak in the league this season

Odisha to win 2-1

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: Bhubaneswar, Kalinga Stadium

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The match between Odisha and Goa promises to be the ultimate matchup of gameweek 14 with the two teams separated by just three points at the club. There could be a shakeup at the top depending on results, as Goa remain under pressure from Kerala Blasters. Odisha are emerging as proper title contenders and they have been flourishing with the help of an impressive offensive lineup. The presence of a fully fit squad for the two teams means that Sergio Lobera and Manolo Marquez could be in for a big battle on the sidelines.

Odisha FC Preview

Reasons to be cheerful

Odisha are the top scorers in the league with 27 goals

Odisha have scored 13 goals in the last six matches

Reasons to be fearful

Odisha have never beaten Goa

The team’s only clean sheet in the last three league matches was against Hyderabad

Odisha are no longer the pushovers in the Indian Super League and the team are top of the table with a three-point advantage. Sergio Lobera has been able to transform the fortunes of Odisha, who can be taken seriously for the rest of the 2023-24 season. Odisha do have a record of having frequently struggled against Goa in the past but the team did manage a success in the Kalinga Cup against this opponent.

Star man – Diego Mauricio

Diego Mauricio has been in exceptional form over the last few games. His brace against Hyderabad helped him move up to 6 goals for the campaign. Even though Roy Krishna still leads the scoring charts with a whopping 10 goals, Diego Mauricio has often been finding himself in great positions of late. 

FC Goa Preview

Reasons to be cheerful 

Goa have been very hard to beat

The opposition have found it difficult to open up Goa

Reasons to be fearful

Goa have not hit too many goals

In the last five league matches, Goa have scored over 1.5 goals only once

Goa are within touching distance of catching Odisha but the team still lacks conviction to be able to get a lot of goals. Defensively the team are very solid and this has been a core reason behind the team staying in the title race. Goa are still unbeaten in the league at a time when even the table leaders have suffered losses. Sandesh Jhingan is the only player missing from action because of a knee injury.

Star man – Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez came up with a brace as he pounced on two excellent opportunities to demonstrate his goalscoring abilities. The Spaniard is now the club’s top scorer with five for the campaign after his brace against Hyderabad helped him get beyond Sadaoui.

Goa have done very well to keep up with the likes of Kerala Blasters and Odisha. However, they will find it especially hard against an impressive Odisha team, who have been scoring goals for fun. If the likes of Diego Mauricio and Roy Krishna had not been in great form, it would have allowed Goa to go level with Odisha at the top. However, the home team have an impressive offensive line-up which is capable of beating any team on its day.

Odisha to win 2-1


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Author: Bharath Ram