Match 40 of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season will see Odisha FC (OFC) taking on FC Goa (FCG) at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama on Friday, December 24.  The Matchday 8 fixture will kick off at 7:30 PM IST.

OFC vs FCG Dream11 prediction

Despite a strong start to their ISL 2021-22 campaign, Odisha FC have failed to capitalize on the momentum, losing two of their last three games. FC Goa, on the other hand, are slowly finding a stable footing as they are unbeaten in their last three matches. 

Regardless of the struggle though, the Kalinga Warriors are averaging two goals per match this season having netted 12 times in six outings. At the same time, their frailty in defence has been quite evident as they have conceded 13 goals already, as many as the number FCG have shipped in.

Barring the recent conflicts aside, FC Goa hold an outright advantage over Odisha FC in terms of their head-to-head record. In a total of 16 meetings, the Gaurs have won an impressive 11 matches while losing just thrice. A mere two matches have ended without a winner. 

Note that since their rebranding from Delhi Dynamos to Odisha FC ahead of the 2019-20 season, the Kalinga Warriors have lost each of their last five matches against FC Goa

Given the current run of form and their previous record, we expect this game to either end in a draw or in a narrow win for the Gaurs.

OFC vs FCG Dream11 team tips for Indian Super League 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

With Jorge Ortiz Mendoza suspended, OFC’s Ariday Cabrera has become the most picked forward for this fixture. Selected by 81.73 per cent of fantasy users, the 33-year-old has accrued 227 fantasy points in six outings which is the third-best tally among every player involved in this match.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Odisha’s Javi Hernandez is an outright pick for as a midfielder. The 32-year-old Spaniard is the most picked player for this game with a whopping 97.33 per cent of users selecting him in their teams. This comes as no surprise since Hernandez has tallied an impressive 361 fantasy points from just six outings.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

FCG’s Ivan Garrido Gonzalez is in fine form this season and has delivered consistently on the fantasy front. Selected in the Dream Team in each of his last four outings, the 31-year-old has accumulated 156 fantasy points this term, averaging 26 points per game.

For the goalkeeper’s slot, OFC’s Kamaljit Singh should be picked ahead of FCG’s Dheeraj Singh solely on the back of his recent performances. Against Chennaiyin FC last time out, Kamaljit accrued an impressive 108 points after making five saves, including a penalty, and assisting in Hernandez’s injury-time goal.

OFC vs FCG probable playing XI

OCF playing XI (probable): Kamaljit Singh (goalkeeper), Hector Rodas, Lalruatthara, Victor Mongil, Henry Antonay, Javi Hernandez, Vinit Rai (captain), Isaac Vanmalsawma, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Jonathas, Aridai Cabrera

FCG playing XI (probable): Dheeraj Singh (goalkeeper), Mohamed Ali, Ivan Gonzalez, Aibanbha Dohling, Seriton Fernandes, Glan Martins, Alberto Noguera, Edu Bedia (captain), Saviour Gama, Devendra Murgaonkar, Airam Cabrera

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