ISL 2017/18: Guide to qualification scenarios for FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters
With just a week to go, the race to securing a spot in the playoffs of the Indian Super League (ISL) has heated up like never before. While three teams, Bengaluru FC, FC Pune City and Chennaiyin FC have already ensured a top-4 finish, three other teams are still in the reckoning for the fourth and final spot.
FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters are the teams vying for the final spot. Here, we will discuss where each team stands and what they need to do to qualify for the playoffs.
#1 FC Goa
As things stand, the Virat Kohli-co-owned side are in the best position to secure a place in the top 4. FC Goa, who are currently on 24 points from 16 matches, will have to play ATK and Jamshedpur in their final two matches.
While two wins from the two matches will inarguably guarantee the Gaurs a place in the playoffs, should they beat ATK and churn out a draw against Jamshedpur, they will still go through. In that case, their total points will be 28 from 18 matches, which of course, Kerala Blasters can match with a win against Bengaluru.
However, Goa has beaten Kerala in both their matches this season, and the superior head-to-head record will see them through.