Today, GMC Bambolim is going to witness the clash between the bottom two teams Kerala Blasters and Odisha FC, who are placed on the 10th and 11th position respectively. Kerala Blasters currently has 6 points from 8 matches meanwhile Odisha FC accounts for only 2 points from the total 8 matches they have played.
The home side Kerala Blasters FC had a rough start at the beginning of the season. They waited till the first 7 games to finally taste the flavour of victory this season. Kerala Blasters FC are coming back on pitch today after a 2-0 defeat against the table-toppers Mumbai City FC.
The away side, Odisha FC are undergoing a tough situation and facing the worst season they ever had. With a total of 2 draws and 6 losses, the Kalinga Brigades are currently in the last position of the points table. Their star players like Manuel Onwu and Marcelinho Leite have failed to make an impact in their games till now.
3 Indian Players to lookout for
Three Indian players to watch out in today’s game are Albino Gomes, Jeakson Singh & Vinit Rai. The young custodian Albino Gomes pulled out a string of decent set of performances in his recent games for Kerala Blasters FC. The keeper recorded an 80% penalty save ratio in the league by saving 3/4 penalties he faced. The former u17 World Cup goalscorer Jeakson Singh proved his worth in the team by a brilliant display in his recent games. The defensive midfielder also scored a late minute equalizer for the Yellow Army against the Kolkata Giants SC East Bengal.
The Kalinga Brigades midfielder Vinit Rai stepped up to the big stage this season. Although the results aren’t favoured for Odisha FC till now, some promising moves from this midfielder were seen whenever the lad entered the pitch.
3 Foreign Players to lookout for
Three foreign players to watch out in today’s game are Vicente Gómez, Facundo Pereyra and Diego Mauricio. The Spaniard Vicente Gomez proved to be an instrumental engine in KBFC midfield. He acts as the link between defence and attack. The midfielder has also scored 1 goal and assisted one from his 7 appearances for the Yellow Army this season. The Argentine midfielder Facundo Pereyra deemed to be an underrated player in the field. Facundo managed to assist one goal and created 17 chances in the yellow outift. Unlike the previous seasons, Kerala Blasters shows much more confidence in free-kicks after the arrival of this Number 10.
The Kalinga Brigade’s attack force solely depends on the boots of the 33-year-old Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio. The skipper has scored 3 goals from his total 8 appearances for the Juggernauts this season. Once back in form, Diego can be deadly inside the box making him a man to watch out for tonight.
Team News and Injuries
Sources hint that Costa Nhamoinesu might have picked up an injury during training. Bakary Koné and Gary Hooper who missed the last two matches, subjected to an injury, are expected to be on the bench today. The new signing Juande is still undergoing quarantine and will be available for training from Monday onwards.
Odisha FC right-back George D’Souza who picked up an injury recently will not be available for today’s match as well.
Kerala Blasters FC vs Odisha FC
Kerala Blasters and Odisha FC locked horns with each other only on two occasions. Both teams couldn’t manage a win against each other till now. Last season both the games tied down to 0-0 and 4-4 respectively.
Kerala Blasters FC (4-3-3): Albino Gomes (GK), Nishu Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Costa Nhamoinessu, Jessel Carneiro, Jeakson Singh, Vicente Gomez, Facundo Pereyra, Sahal Abdul Samad, Jordan Murray, Rahul K. P
Odisha FC (4-3-3): Arshdeep Singh (GK), Shubham Sarangi, Jacob Tratt, Steven Taylor, Hendry Antonay, Cole Alexander, Vinit Rai, Gaurav Bora, Jerry, Manuel Onwu, Diego Mauricio
Analysing the current set of performances showcased by both the teams, we predict a 2-0 victory in favour of Kibu Vicuña’s men tonight.