INDIAN FOOTBALL

Odisha FC vs SC East Bengal: Match Preview

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Odisha FC will square off against SC East Bengal in what promises to be a mouthwatering clash. Tilak Maidan, Vasco will again play host to this encounter between the two teams from the east. This is only the third encounter between the two teams.

Odisha FC started their campaign with a solid 3-1 win over Bengaluru FC. Meanwhile, SC East Bengal has had an underwhelming start to the season after taking only 1 point from a possible 6. They played out a 1-1 stalemate against Jamshedpur FC in their first match. They were then blown away by ATK Mohun Bagan FC in the derby after inflicting a 0-3 defeat upon them.

With contrasting starts to the season for both teams, the match promises to be a test of consistency for Odisha FC. On the other hand, SC East Bengal will look to get a move on from their slow start and get their first win for this season.

THE STAKES

Odisha FC

Following their 3-1 victory in the first game week, the Juggernauts will look to build momentum against East Bengal. A win with a margin of 3 or more will take them to the top of the table alongside ATK Mohun Bagan FC.

The outfit from Odisha will look to capitalize on East Bengal’s weak start to the season. They will head into the fixture with confidence and make matters worse for SC East Bengal.

After the win against BFC, Head Coach Kiko Ramirez stated in the post-match Press Conference, “Winning is always good but it’s just the start we’ve got to keep working hard and keep going this way and the objective is to make Odisha a big club in the Indian Super League and the only way to do that is by doing like that and working hard in training.”

SC East Bengal

Their new manager Manolo Diaz has a task on his shoulders after a disappointing start to the season. A win against Odisha will be the perfect response for the team lying at 10th in the table.

A win can always turn the mood around the camp and SC East Bengal will hope for the same. 3 points can galvanize their season and put them in the upper half of the table.

TEAM NEWS

Odisha FC :

The team has no injuries and will give their manager a headache for the selection of the starting 11 after a good display from the substitutes in their previous match. Javi Hernandez will be the player to watch out for them. His talismanic performance won him a place in the team of the week alongside goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh.

SC East Bengal :

Jose Manolo Diaz will look to chop and change his team to bring about a change in their fortunes. Fortune favors the best and they have been quite off their best level of performance. Arindam Bhattacharya, their new captain was injured in the last match, along with Lalrinliana Hnamte in the last match. They switched systems in the middle of their first match and there is no clear certainty over their system for the next match.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Odisha FC (4-2-3-1): Arshdeep Singh (GK); Hendry Antonay, Hector Rodas, Victor Mongil, Sahil Panwar; Vinit Rai, Thoiba Singh; Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Javi Martinez, Nandhakumar Sekar; Jonathas de Jesus.

SC East Bengal (4-3-3): Suvam Sen (GK); Hira Mondal, Franjo Prce, Adil Khan, Ankit Mukherjee; Angousana, Sourav Das, Amarjit Singh, Amir Dervisevic; Antonio Perosevic, Mohammed Rafique

PREDICTED SCORE-LINE

Odisha FC 3 – 1 SC East Bengal

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