5:00 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC match in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23. The kick-off is just half an hour away! I’m your host Aishwarya Chakraborty, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

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FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC: Build-up

FC Goa will grapple with a sputtering Bengaluru FC side in the Indian Super League (ISL 2022-23) match at the Fatorda Stadium on Saturday. Carlos Pena’s men have won four and lost two of their opening six matches, while Simon Grayson’s side has only managed a win and a draw out of the same.

A win will be the only thing on the Gaurs’ mind and the Blues can be relied on to do the same. Form favours the orange army of Goa more than the Bangalore-based outfit as they come into the match with a home advantage. Simon Grayson’s men must pull up their socks and approach this game on a war footing if they are to get even a point.

The Stakes

The Gaurs have newfound confidence especially since they’ll be playing in front of fans at what has become a fortress for them this season. Goa have ensured a 3-0 victory in both games at the Fatorda so far and have a chance to make it three out of three. A win will help them go head-to-head with Odisha FC for third place and allow them to consolidate their place in the knockouts. 

After a successful pre-season wherein they won the prestigious Durand Cup, Bengaluru FC seem to have fallen from their summit. Their plummet began with a loss at the hands of champions Hyderabad FC. All of it went from bad to worse as Mumbai City routed them 4-0 last week and Grayson will be scratching his head in incredulity. The Blues will have to play for a win to turn things around as anything less than three points will make it harder for them to ascend from the pit of the league table. 

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