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FC Goa vs Hyderabad FC: Build-up

FC Goa host Hyderabad FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Goa, on Thursday, in Matchweek 14 of the Indian Super League (ISL). Hyderabad FC are currently two points behind league leaders Mumbai City FC with 28 points, whereas FC Goa are sitting in fifth place with 19 points.

Hyderabad FC had the best attacking record in the league last season with 43 goals but haven’t been as free-scoring this season. However, their defensive record has ensured that this hasn’t affected them adversely. They’ve only conceded seven goals in 12 games, which bodes well for this game and the rest of their season. 

Bartholomew Ogbeche, the top goalscorer in ISL history, hasn’t been the force of previous seasons, with just three goals so far. Javier Siverio has chipped in with four goals, while the duo of Halicharan Narzary and Mohammad Yasir have seven assists between them.

FC Goa, on the other hand, have dropped points in their last two games. They needed a late goal in a 2-2 draw against Jamshedpur FC and couldn’t pick themselves up in a 2-1 loss to ATK Mohun Bagan in the following week. Wins in either of those games would have seen them pull away from Odisha FC in sixth place, who have one point from their last four games, but FC Goa currently find themselves level in fifth place. 

The two sides have met on seven occasions. FC Goa have got the better head-to-head record, with three wins, two losses, and two draws. When the two sides met in October, Hyderabad FC got a 13th-minute goal thanks to Javier Siverio and held on to the lead to win 1-0. 

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