Match 33 Preview: Chennaiyin FC, Odisha FC look to bounce back from defeats
Both the sides will look for a rebound following their defeats in their respective last game and get their top-four bids back on track.
The Marina Machans have collected just two points in their last three games following a brilliant start to their campaign. While they sit fifth in the points table with two wins, two draws, and one loss, a win against Odisha FC will take them back in the top four.
Odisha FC sit a point ahead of Chennaiyin FC in the fourth position in the points table. Odisha have won three and lost two out of five games. Kiko Ramirez’s men must get back to winning ways if they have to retain their place in the top four.
The two sides have met four times in the past with each of them emerging victorious once as the remaining two enounters ended in draws.
In the Chennaiyin FC camp, Rafael Crivellaro has started with light training but still remains unavailable for selection.
The Odisha FC camp will be without defender Sahil Panwar who is under the medical team’s supervision
Trivial Conversion rates
Chennaiyin FC have scored just four goals in this season, fewest by any team in the league whereas Odisha FC have scored 11 goals, fourth highest in the league. Chennaiyin FC are creating a lot of shots but are facing struggles to put them in the back of the net. Odisha FC, on the other hand, have been efficient in maximizing the little they create.
Chennaiyin FC’s defensive wall
Chennaiyin FC have looked solid defensively all season. They have conceded just 3 goals in 5 Hero ISL games, having the best defensive record in the league so far.
Reagan Singh: The defender has been phenomenal for his side, making 18 tackles, 12 interceptions, 19 clearances, and nine blocks, and is a challenging player to get past when it comes to duels.
Anirudh Thapa: The new Chennaiyin FC skipper has made an instant impact on the pitch in his new role as well . Thapa’s leadership skills and composed attitude has been lauded by coach Bozidar Bandovic.
Javi Hernandez: Odisha FC’s new signing has undoubtedly been their best player on the pitch, contributing to five goals in three matches for them. Odisha FC would hope that he keeps his current form going for the rest of the season.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga: The youngster has flair adds a lot of flair to the side and is a future prospect for the Indian national team. Although he hasn’t yet scored for his side, he’s a forward who has been getting better every passing year in the Hero ISL.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: Chennaiyin FC vs Odisha FC
Date: 18th December 2021
Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Hindi Commentary on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 regional channels - Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.