Odisha FC is all set to host Chennaiyin FC in an all-important IFL clash tonight. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30PM IST on Odisha’s home ground- the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Odisha FC are currently at 6th position in the IFL points ladder with 12 points from 10 games. Meanwhile, Chennaiyin FC are rooted on the ninth spot with 9 points from 9 matches.
Odisha FC would be eager to continue their winning momentum in this match as well. A win against Chennai will take Odisha to fifth spot-just one point behind fourth-placed Mumbai City FC. But Gombau will have to fix his side’s defense. They have conceded 15 goals so far and most of them has come from set-pieces. With the league entering a crucial stage, Odisha FC cannot afford to slip-up. Carlos Delgado and Aridane Santana will crucial for Odisha FC.
Chennaiyin FC is also at a delicate stage where one loss could render their chances of making it to the final four. It is currently at ninth spot on the table with nine points but a win can cut down the gap between the top four contenders and will see the club draw level with Odisha, which is sixth. Rafael Crivellaro will be the key against Odisha as the Brazilian playmaker has been exceptional in the last three games. He has created 21 chances in the season so far and was involved in four goals. But it will be difficult to breach Odisha’s fort.
Date: January 6th, 2019, Monday
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Timings: 7:30 PM (IST)
Probable Playing Line-up
Vishal Kaith (GK), Lucian Goian, Eli Sabia, Edwin Vanspaul, Tondonba Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Crivellaro, Thoi Singh, Andre Schembri, Nerijus Valskis.
Francisco Dorronsoro (GK), Gaurav Bora, Shubham Sarangi, Narayan Das, Carlos Delgado, Nandhakumar Sekar, Vinit Rai, Xisco Hernandez, Marcos Tebar, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Aridane Santana.