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

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Kerala and Odisha Prepare for Top Tier Clash

  • Kerala Blasters have lost only once to Odisha in the last six meetings
  • Odisha are coming on the back of a Kalinga Cup final defeat
  • Kerala Blasters can be very poor away from home

Odisha to win 3-1

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: TBC, TBC

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Kerala Blasters will be trying to recover from an extended break of almost 10 days when they take on Odisha this weekend. Even though the team concluded the first half of the Indian Super League with decent strength, Kerala Blasters had a very poor showing in the Kalinga Cup. Meanwhile, Odisha will be looking to shake off some tired legs after the defeat to East Bengal in the final of the Kalinga Cup after extra time.

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Reasons to be cheerful

Odisha are only two points behind Kerala Blasters with a much better recent form

The forwards have been doing very well for Sergio Lobera

Reasons to be fearful

Tiredness could be a big factor for Odisha

The team has struggled against Kerala Blasters in recent years

Odisha almost picked up the Kalinga Cup title with a valiant effort in the final against East Bengal only to suffer a defeat in close circumstances towards the end. After having played with 10 men for a significant chunk of the match, tiredness will be a big factor for Odisha in the upcoming matches with only a few days of rest for the team.

Sergio Lobera does not have too many injury concerns coming into the game.

Star man – Diego Mauricio

Diego Mauricio is no longer the top scorer in the Odisha ranks after having managed just four goals compared to the seven goals picked up by Roy Krishna. Mauricio, though, had a key role to play in the Kalinga Cup final against East Bengal after scoring a goal and winning a penalty. If Roy Krishna goes out on the wings, he can be less effective. This would put the onus on the Brazilian.

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Reasons to be cheerful 

Kerala Blasters have had a lot of time to prepare for this game

The team has managed four wins in the last six games against Odisha

Reasons to be fearful

The team are very poor away from home

Kerala Blasters have shipped seven in the last two matches

Kerala Blasters are looking to bounce back from a very poor showing at the Kalinga Cup. Despite starting the group with a comfortable victory over Shillong Lajong, things soon started becoming sour for the team. The heavy losses against Jamshedpur and NorthEast United are likely to mean a big blow to the confidence. Kerala Blasters need to restart the ISL campaign with a win, as teams like Goa and Odisha have been breathing down their neck.

Ivan Vukomanovic does have a fair amount of injury problems in the squad with Adrián Luna, Kwame Peprah, Jaushua Sotirio, Freddy Lallawmawma, and Aibanbha Dohling unavailable due to injuries.

Star man – Dimitrios Diamantakos

Dimitrios Diamantakos remains the top scorer in the Kerala Blasters squad by a huge margin. The Greek forward has seven goals to his name. The absence of Adrian Luna because of injuries is likely to keep the onus on Diamantakos when it comes to getting goals.

Kerala Blasters may lead the table coming into the match, but they have been very disappointing on the road. After having only managed three wins from the five away games, they are going up against an Odisha outfit who are unbeaten at home. Odisha almost came within a whisker of picking up the Kalinga Cup and reaching the AFC Champions League 2 for next season. Now, however, the team have to pick themselves up and they are more than capable of doing the same at home.

Odisha to win 3-1

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Author: Bharath Ram