With the Indian Super League (ISL) heading into the penultimate round of the league phase, each match will hold big significance in the top four race.
ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC have already qualified for the ISL playoffs and are already guaranteed to share the top two spots. The remaining two slots in the top four, however, are wide open with five teams still in contention.
Among them are Bengaluru FC, who need a win to stay alive in the top four race. The Blues play FC Goa on Sunday.
How can Bengaluru FC qualify for the ISL playoffs?
Currently five points off fourth-placed FC Goa in the ISL points table, Bengaluru FC need to win both their remaining matches – against FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC – to have any chance of making it to the top four.
On 22 points from 18 matches, two wins will leave Sunil Chhetri’s Bengaluru FC side on 28 points at the end of the league phase.
Three teams – FC Goa, Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United FC – are already on 27 points from 18 matches.
So, even if the Blues win both their remaining fixtures, they will need to hope that only one of the above three finish above them on the points table.
How can FC Goa qualify for the playoffs?
Currently sitting in fourth position, FC Goa have a better chance of making it to the top four than Bengaluru FC but need to be on their toes to avoid any slip-ups.
Wins in their remaining two matches guarantee the Gaurs a playoff spot. But even if they lose or draw against Bengaluru FC, a win against Hyderabad FC in the final round will still be enough to see them through without any dependency on other results.
In other key fixtures of round 21, Hyderabad FC face ATK Mohun Bagan and NorthEast United FC square off against East Bengal.
Where to watch ISL matches live?
Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa and other ISL 2020-21 matches of round 21 will be telecast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi and their respective HD TV channels in India.
The match will also be telecast on the Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada and the Star Sports 1 Bangla regional TV channels.
Live streaming of ISL matches will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.
ISL 2020-21 fixtures for round 21 and live match times
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Sunday, February 21
Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa – 5:00 PM IST
Kerala Blasters FC vs Chennaiyin FC – 7:30 PM IST
Monday, February 22
Hyderabad FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan – 7:30 PM IST
Tuesday, February 23
East Bengal vs NorthEast United FC – 7:30 PM IST
Wednesday, February 24
Odisha FC vs Mumbai City FC – 7:30 PM IST
_Lead photo: ISL Media