Year in review 2021, Odisha FC: A rollercoaster ride of failure and success
Odisha FC have enjoyed quite a topsy-turvy year. They have gone from feeling the tremors of the lows to the breeze of the highs. Odisha FC ended the previous season at the bottom of the table. The early stages of the 2021-22 season hinted at a brighter future but a dip in form has pushed them lower down the table again.
All eyes will be on Kiko Ramirez and if he can inspire Odisha FC to bounce back.
Odisha FC's 2021 in numbers: Pl:21, W:5, D:5, L:11, Win%: 23.80
Kiko Ramirez’s Odisha FC started strongly in the first four matches with three wins and a loss. The last four appearances have been a stark contrast to it, with three losses and a draw. They are positioned seventh on the Hero ISL league table with 10 points in their kitty.
The club’s most scintillating performance arguably came against SC East Bengal at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on 30 November when they trumped the Red and Gold Brigade 6-4 humdinger.
Odisha endured their lowest ebb when they finished at the bottom of the league table in the 2020-21 season with two wins. They also conceded 44 goals. No other team conceded more than 36 goals.
Javier Hernandez has scored the most goals (4) and has bagged the most assists (2) for Odisha FC this season. The midfielder has been joyous to watch, with all of his goals coming from outside the box.
What to expect:
Odisha FC will hope to improve on the last season’s performance, with the primary objective being a potential top-four finish.