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

Bhubaneswar, Kalinga Stadium

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Odisha look to bounce back when it matters the most

  • Odisha are on a two-game losing streak
  • Kerala Blasters finished the regular campaign with a victory
  • The home team has come more successful in the last four meetings between these two teams

Odisha to win 2-1

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

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Odisha look to set up a semi-final date with Mohun Bagan when they go up against Kerala Blasters at the Kalinga Stadium. This quarter-final encounter will be spiced up with both teams struggling for momentum towards the end of the regular season. After having been in a challenging position for the top two places for a significant rank of the campaign, both teams had to settle for a low play-off spot.

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Reasons to be cheerful

Odisha have had back-to-back home wins against Kerala Blasters

The team has a potent attacking line-up

Reasons to be fearful

Odisha are on a two-game losing streak

The team only managed one win from the last five games

Odisha were in a great position to finish in the top two positions not too long ago. However, a return of just two victories in the last 10 matches. The back-to-back defeats towards the end of the regular campaign have hit the confidence of the team quite badly. Odisha will need a lot of good things to go the way in order to recover from this poor form. Coach Sergio Lobera has no injury concerns in the squad.

Star man – Diego Mauricio

Diego Mauricio may not have finished as the top scorer in the squad but he was only two goals behind Roy Krishna at the end of the regular campaign. The Brazilian also had better momentum towards the end of the regular season after scoring in back-to-back games. 

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Reasons to be cheerful 

Kerala Blasters have picked up a big win over Hyderabad in the last regular-season game

The team has had two wins in the last three games against Odisha

Reasons to be fearful

Kerala Blasters have lost three of the last five

The last away win against Odisha for Kerala came in 2022

Kerala Blasters were delighted to get a victory over Hyderabad in the final regular-season match. After having gone through a string of defeats, this victory brings a lot of confidence to the squad. Kerala Blasters have had a poor problem when it comes to away matches. Coach Ivan Vukomanovic will be keen to them aside if the team are to have any chance of progressing into the semifinals.

Star man – Dimitrios Diamantakos

Dimitrios Diamantakos remains the top scorer in the Kerala Blasters quarter with 13 goals. Even though he has not been on the pitch since the loss against East Bengal a few weeks ago, he is expected to be back for this game.

Kerala Blasters have struggled with away matches throughout the season. After having picked up only a handful of victories on the road, the team are unlikely to be the big challenge for Odisha. The primary problem for the home team has been scoring goals. If this gets sorted, Odisha should be able to get a victory.

Odisha to win 2-1

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Author: Bharath Ram