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Bangalore, January 2 () Defending champion Bengaluru FC will face FC Goa in his home game of the Indian Super League here on Friday, promising to be a cracker of a competition between the top two sides of the tournament .
FC Goa currently leads the standings with 21 points in 10 games, while Bengaluru is in third place with 16 points in the same number of games.
FC Goa will seek to extend its advantage at the top, while Bengaluru will seek to narrow the gap between them and Goa to two points.
Bengaluru will have the advantage in this match, having remained undefeated in five games against the Gaurs.
We will face one of the best teams in the ISL. It's a great game for us, but I think that in the situation at the moment, the pressure is on them. We have five points between us. We can go to Bengaluru with confidence and if we can get three points, the gap will increase to eight points, said Goa assistant coach Jesus Tato.
Goa's task of changing his luck against the Blues will be much more difficult, since they will not have coach Sergio Lobera on the sideline after he was ejected in his last game against Chennaiyin FC.
Much would depend on star forward Ferran Corominas, who has been in shape lately.
However, the Spanish striker has not come alive when he faced Juanan and Albert Serran.
Another key player will be Brandon Fernandes, who enters the draw after two goals in the same number of games and also has five assists to his name. In fact, no Indian has a better participation in the goals than Goan, 25.
I think we are doing well this season, quite similar to last season in the way we are losing our striker for nine games (Miku). We are missing Onwu for 7 games. If you see the table of top scorers, each team has a foreigner with goals, said Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat.
In the end, football is about balance and we've been balanced enough to have been fighting for the playoffs in the last two seasons.
Bengaluru has fought this season against other play-off contenders, losing to ATK and Mumbai City FC, while they were only able to draw a draw against FC Goa on the reverse.
And when Friday comes, Cuadrat will be desperate to make sure he takes everything at stake in a potential 'six pointer'.
Set-pieces could play an important role in deciding the outcome of the match. Both teams make the most of the offensive pieces: the 11 of 22 Goa FC goals come from dead ball situations, while six of the 11 Bangalore goals are derived from the sets.
Both teams have the best records in the defense of the sets as well. They focus more on setpieces, which I know from when I was playing for them. They had a special session on setpieces. We have to take care of fast players like Udanta (Singh) and Ashique (Kuruniyan), but the most important thing is that we have to play our own game as the coach wants us to play, said Goa player Mandar Rao Dessai, who has played for Bengaluru in the past. SSC ATK ATK