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Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC, Indian Super League 2023-2024, Today Match Prediction

Bhubaneswar, Kalinga Stadium

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A tight match beckons as underperforming Odisha take on Bengaluru

  • Odisha have suffered back-to-back defeats in the ISL
  • Bengaluru are unbeaten in the last two league matches
  • Odisha’s poor defending could lead to plenty of goals in the game

1-1 Draw

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: Bhubaneswar, Kalinga Stadium

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Odisha welcome Bengaluru to the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar hoping to pick up a third straight success over this opponent on home soil. A victory is crucial for Sergio Lobera and his team after a late collapse against Kerala Blasters. The Spaniard has usually struggled against Bengaluru in the past with only two wins from his nine games against the team from the south.

Bengaluru coach Simon Grayson would be disappointed about not making the most of a home match against Goa, but the team are unbeaten in back-to-back ISL matches. Bengaluru have suffered two straight defeats away to Odisha in the past.

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Reasons to be cheerful

Diego Mauricio seems to be picking up form

Odisha have scored seven goals in the four league matches

Reasons to be fearful

Odisha have already conceded seven goals in just four league matches

The mentality at Odisha is concerning after throwing away the lead against Kerala Blasters

Odisha has left extremely disappointed about the failure to hold onto a decent lead against Kerala Blasters. Despite managing to silence the home crowd after just 15 minutes, Odisha did not build further and they ultimately paid the price with a late defeat.

The result keeps the team outside the top six positions but a victory in the upcoming match could change the fortunes. Odisha will be at home in back-to-back league games. After having suffered just two defeats at home in the last 10 ISL games, Odisha will be relatively confident.

Star man – Diego Mauricio

Diego Mauricio helped Odisha get a strong start against Kerala Blasters in the last match. Even if the game did not finish in a positive fashion for Odisha, the striker getting his second goal of the campaign is a big positive. Last season, the 32-year-old managed 12 goals and he could have easily doubled his tally on the night against Kerala Blasters if not for the missed penalty.


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Reasons to be cheerful 

Bengaluru are unbeaten in the last two league matches

A first clean sheet of the campaign came about in the match against Goa

Reasons to be fearful

The team’s offensive performance continues to be very patchy

Sunil Chhetri is yet to fire on all cylinders

Bengaluru have picked up back-to-back wins over Odisha and the team will be hoping that the poor away form of the visitors is likely to help them get back to winning ways. A victory in the upcoming match could help Bengaluru jump significantly higher in the table and they could move up to 6th in the standings.

The first clean sheet of the season is a big positive for Bengaluru, who did not offer much on the plate for Goa in the last match. Bengaluru will be keen on more goals from Sunil Chhetri, who has just managed his first goal of the campaign but he has been unable to build further.

Star man – Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri had a very productive match for Bengaluru against Goa even if the forward did not contribute goals and assists. The end product from the 39-year-old was substantially better than the rest of his teammates and he looks good for a strong performance in the upcoming match as well.

Odisha have done very well on home soil in the past against Bengaluru, who carry a decent amount of confidence after not suffering in defeat in the last two games. Even though Odisha have a powerful offence capable of averaging two goals per game, they have been equally bad at the back. Any attempts to improve the same is likely to result in a dull game. Bengaluru may be involved in a second straight stalemate after the goalless draw with Goa.

1-1 Draw

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Author: Bharath Ram