The Goan side then witnessed a slump in form to slid to the fifth place before recovering well to remain at the third spot at the end of the long winter break.
The long winter break has helped FC Goa as they won against Mumbai FC and drew goalless against Jamshedpur and Delhi Dynamo to remain on third place with 25 points from 14 matches, one match less than other teams who are fighting for a place in play-offs.
ATK, on the other hand, started the new year with a win and a two draws too remain in the play-off hunt.
Presently lying at the sixth spot with 21 points from 15 games, ATK need to win their remaining three matches to stay afloat in the tournament.
FC Goa, known for their aggressive style of play, have been found wanting in front of the goals in their last two matches as they missed chances galore.
Ferran Corominas, who has scored highest goals in the ISL and is in the race for golden boot, failed to score in the last two matches and his sudden dip in form is a cause of concern for the hosts.
In the defence, Mourtada Fall and Carles Pena have paired up well and didn't concede a single goal in the last three matches.
"We have great chance of winning as we play at home. All our boys need is to remain focus and cash on the chances that come their way," he said.
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