The Bhubaneswar-based club are coming on the back of losses against Mumbai City FC and ATKMohun Bagan, they are yet to win in ISL this season.
Odisha are missing Aridane Santana very much, lethal striker in front of goal, Onwu is there but can’t continue this bad run of games barely contributing anything to the team his appalling stat of averaging only 15 passes a game tells you all about how bad his form is currently.
In the game against ATK Mohun Bagan, there were few positives to take from the second half of the match. They fired 10 shots on target with 41% accuracy. Diego Mauricio is an enforcer kind of player, he needs to take more of those powerful shots to keep Odisha afloat.
Defensively I think Steven Taylor is finished at the highest level while Shubham Sarangi and Vinit Rai need to do more if they want themselves to be considered for National team selection.
FC Goa are coming to this match after their fine win against Kerala Blasters. Brandon Fernandes is a key player for them he’s a nightmare for defenders you just cannot give him time and space he will either take a long shot or pick that exquisite pass that breaks the lines.
Jorge Ortiz is a fine dribbler with the pace he has that Spanish flavour with Noguera.
Igor Angulo seems to be the perfect replacement for Ferran Coro. He’s a deadly and lethal finisher of the ball also a threat in the air. Seriton’s darting runs and crosses sometimes make me think “Am I watching Trent Alexander Arnold play”.
Princeton and Saviour Gama are very talented prospects. Earlier in the season, I criticized them for selling Manvir Singh but they did right by cashing and giving the opportunity to more young players. Their CB pairing of James Donachie and Ivan Gonzalez and Lenny in front is very solid.
Odisha FC VS FC Goa Predicted XI:
FC Goa 3-2 Odisha
FC Goa:- Igor Angulo, J Ortiz.
Odisha FC:- Marcelinho, D Mauricio.
At the moment, Odisha are 10th in the table with a solitary point a win can move them up to 8th while Goa are at 7th and a win can take them as high as 4th.
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