FC Goa take on Odisha FC in their first home match of the season . The Gaurs have never lost to the Juggernauts before .
Fatorda (Goa) India — On Saturday, when FC Goa faces Odisha FC at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, they will try to make the most of home comforts and return to winning ways in the Indian Super League (ISL).A victory and three points would be crucial for Carlos Pena and his squad to keep up in the playoff chase.Odisha FC, on the other hand, will climb to second place if they win their first-ever match against the Gaurs.The Gaurs will take much comfort from their results in their first two home games as they cruised out to two of their best performances so far this season.Odisha, on the other hand, will draw strength from their recent comeback victories against Jamshedpur FC and East Bengal FC, both away from home, according to head coach Carlos Pena of FC Goa.Despite their recent losses to Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC, the team has demonstrated that it is a team that can face anyone and do well, and that will be evident today, he said at the pre-match press conference.The 38-year-old praised Odisha FC's strength and ability, but stressed that his attention is on his own team and what they can do to ensure the victory.Odisha has shown a good character and will be receptive to playing against us after a string of victories. After being red carded against Mumbai City earlier this month, Goa was hit with a setback in the form of Edu Bedias suspension.Edu has been vital to us, but we now have others in the team who can replace him.When asked about the topic, the tactician said that we want to be a team that can play any team and be successful.Both FC Goa and Odisha FC follow a similar setup, which is heavily reliant on ball possession and relies on the midfield to dictate build-up play.With both teams coached by Spanish head coaches, the ground is already level for a thrilling fight between the two teams.Edu Bedias technical difficulties may be the biggest issue for the Gaurs.The Spanish midfielder had been a vital cog in Penas' midfield, who lost to Bengaluru FC in his absence. The two teams have met six times, the Men in Orange taking home the trophy, four of which were championships.When FC Goa takes on the Juggernauts on Saturday, they will be looking to sustain their streak.