ISL 2022-23: FC Goa and Odisha FC Compete for Last Playoff Place as League Stage Ends

Devendra Murgaonkar - FC Goa

FC Goa and Odisha FC are competing for the final ISL playoff slot, while ATK Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC, and Kerala Blasters are fighting for their final league phase position.

The top two spots in the Indian Super League points standings have been secured by Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC, with ATK Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC, and Kerala Blasters all guaranteeing their participation in the ISL playoffs.

With only one game left in the season for all clubs, the ultimate place for ATKMB, BFC, and KBFC will be determined. Who gets to play their playoff game at home will be determined by their league position.

FC Goa and Odisha FC are the two clubs still fighting for the last playoff slot.

ATK Mohun Bagan has 31 points from 19 games and a GD of +5.

Current League Position: third

East Bengal FC’s last game (A)

By defeating the Kerala Blasters, the Mariners secured a playoff position. ATK Mohun Bagan must win their last game against East Bengal FC and finish with a higher goal difference than Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC to finish in the top four.

Bengaluru FC has 31 points from 19 games with a GD of +2.

Currently League ranked fourth

FC Goa’s most recent match (H)

Bengaluru FC qualified for the playoffs following FC Goa’s loss against Chennaiyin FC. To finish in the top four, the Blues must defeat the Gaurs on the last day and have a better goal difference than the Kerala Blasters.

Kerala Blasters have 31 points from 19 games and a GD of +1.

Hyderabad FC is currently ranked fifth in the world (H)

With Chennaiyin FC’s win against FC Goa, the Blasters qualified for the playoffs for the first time in Hero ISL history.

In order to finish in the top four, Kerala Blasters must beat Hyderabad FC and hope that Bengaluru FC drops points.

Odisha FC has 30 points from 19 games with a GD of 0.

Currently ranked sixth

Last game – Jamshedpur FC (H)

Odisha FC, currently sixth in the Hero ISL rankings, just have to avoid defeat in their last league match to qualify for the playoffs.

FC Goa has 27 points from 19 games and a GD of +3.

Currently ranked seventh

Bengaluru FC’s most recent match (A)

With the loss to Chennaiyin FC, the Gaurs’ playoff fate is no longer in their own hands. They must now win their last match and pray that Odisha FC does not exceed the 30-point limit that FC Goa may achieve this season.

The advantage for FC Goa is that they have a better head-to-head record versus the Juggernauts, thus if they finish the season tied on points with Odisha FC, they will qualify for the playoffs.

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