Welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of this evening’s Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the Tilak Maidan in Mormugao, Goa.
This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you updates from the match.
7:00pm: Half an hour to go for Kick off!
Bengaluru FC has made two changes from the squad that started in the season opener. Prince Ibara starts in place of Cleiton Silva and Roshan Singh replaces Ajith in the centre-back position.
6:45 pm: Confirmed Line-ups!
Odisha FC Starting XI: Victor Mongil, Hector Rodas, Jonathas Cristian De Jesus, Francisco Javi Hernandez, Nandha Kumar, Vinit Rai, Mawihmingthanga, Hendry Antonay, Moirangthem Thoiba Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Lalruatthara
Bengaluru FC Starting XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Alan Costa, Bruno Ramires, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Singh, Prince Ibara, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Muhammed Ashique, Musavu King, Naorem Roshan Singh
6:15 pm: Odisha FC has failed to win against the Blues in its last five clashes, with a win and a draw over the side last season. Here is what happened when the sides met in the league last season.
6:00 pm: Missed the previous match? We’ve got you covered with our ISL match reviews. Here’s a recap of the HFC v CFC fixture.
5:45pm: Here is how we think the two teams will lineup today!!
Odisha FC Predicted XI: Kamaljit Singh, Hector Rodas, Gaurav Bora, Lalruathara, Sebastian Thangmuansang, Javi Hernandez, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Aridai Cabrera, Jonathas Cristian De Jesus
Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Alan Costa, Pratik Chaudhari, Yrondu Musavu-King, Muhammed Inayath, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Iman Basafa, Sunil Chhetri (captain), Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva
MATCH PREVIEW: ISL 2021-22: Bengaluru FC aims to build on start against Odisha
Marco Pezzaiuoli’s side won 4-2 against NorthEast United FC in its season-opener, which was marked by a controlled second-half performance after a wayward first period, made tough by an unrelenting downpour.
A fairly successful outing for winger Udanta Singh and debut goals for Jayesh Rane and Prince Ibara would have warmed the club faithful’s hearts. Cleiton Silva, continued from where he left off last season, scoring his team’s opener in clinical fashion.
But BFC’s defence was shaky, with the new centre-back pairing of Alan Costa and Yrondu Musavu-King finding the going tough. Promising winger Leon Augustine looks set for a spell on the sidelines because of an ankle injury he sustained in the game.
Up top, skipper Sunil Chhetri didn’t see much of the ball and was often isolated. BFC’s plan should be to involve him more.
“Sometimes Sunil came inside too early. He didn’t get that many balls from the central midfield. We need to improve there,” Pezzaiuoli said on match-eve.
“And also, to get him in a better position, especially on the right side, to score more goals in the box and be more like a second striker. That’s the quality he showed a few weeks ago with the Indian National team,” the coach added.
Odisha, on the other hand, will be playing its first game of the season, with new head coach Kiko Ramirez aiming to banish memories from 2020-21 when the outfit finished rock bottom.
It has a lop-sided head-to-head record against BFC to contend with, having lost five and drawn one from eight ISL encounters. It also has a brand-new roster of foreign players, but Ramirez felt that the lengthy pre-season his side had will help forge unity.
“Being together for the long pre-season was extremely important for nurturing the bond between the foreign players, the Indian players, and the staff. Within the time that we spent together, we are in a good place being together. We know it’s going to be a tough one, but we are ready,” the Spaniard said.
Where can you watch the match?
|The match will be telecasted live on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be livestreamed in the OTT Platform, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV|
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