5:00 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the FC Goa vs Odisha 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.

FC Goa vs Odisha FC: Build-up

FC Goa will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Indian Super League (ISL) when they host Odisha FC on Friday. The Gaurs have had a really topsy-turvy season so far and aim to bring some stability by defeating an in-form Odisha side. For the visitors, it’s all about building on their three-game winning run and closing the gap at the top of the table.

Carlos Pena’s side has seen their season turn upside down a little bit in the last few weeks. After having a strong start to the season, they have lost their last two games in a rather embarrassing fashion. Their form so far has been quite freaky, having won 4 and lost 4 of their 8 games so far.

This kind of inconsistency probably can’t continue if the Gaurs aspire for the league championship or the playoff place. They need to start winning games again and quickly. There is quite a lot riding on the game against Odisha, as a potential third-successive loss will incur crisis shouts.

Odisha FC has been on a roll in the ISL so far this season, winning 6 out of their opening 8 games of the campaign. They’re playing great attacking football and are really entertaining to watch as well.

But for them to aspire to be league champions, they’ll need to keep winning. It’s these games which also separate champions from runners-up. They can’t afford to drop points to a struggling Goa side that has lost both their last two games if they aspire to be the best.

A lot is riding on Josep Gombau’s men, as they know that another major win can give them a lot of self-belief about their chances of giving Mumbai City a tough fight for that top spot.

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