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ISL: Odisha, Chennaiyin Look To Close Gap With Top-Four

Bhubaneswar: Odisha FC is all set to tackle Chennaiyin FC in what is a vital Indian Tremendous League (ISL) encounter for each side on the Kalinga Stadium right here on Monday.

A win in opposition to Chennaiyin FC can take Odisha to inside a degree of fourth-placed Mumbai Metropolis FC. And with the league getting into a decisive part, Josep Gombau’s aspect can not afford a slip-up.

Chennaiyin FC can also be at a stage the place something apart from three factors might render the hole between them and the highest 4 golf equipment an excessive amount of to chop down. They’re at the moment eighth on the desk with 9 factors however a win will see them draw degree with Odisha who’s sixth.

For all of the emphasis on the possession-based philosophy that Gombau advocates, outcomes have been a blended bag for his crew. Nonetheless, they’re coming off a 2-1 win over Jamshedpur and can look to proceed their type.

However Gombau should repair his aspect’s vulnerability on set-pieces. Odisha has scored the joint lowest quantity of objectives from set-pieces this season to date (2). A extra troublesome stat for the coach is on the defensive. Out of the 15 objectives they’ve conceded, seven of them have come from set-pieces (most by any crew). The likes of Carlos Delgado need to marshall the backline higher.

Odisha has additionally had bother closing out video games. They tend to carry out higher within the first half earlier than operating out of steam within the second. Of the 13 objectives they’ve scored, solely 5 have come within the second half of video games and 10 out of the 15 objectives they’ve shipped have been within the second half. The Odisha think-tank should work out the explanation behind this pattern and discover a treatment quickly sufficient.

“We have created a lot of chances, creating crosses. Of course, we have to score more goals. Going forward we have to be confident. Defensively we have to improve. It is not that we are conceding many goals. Under coach Josep Gombau we are trying to improve on our loopholes. Next match we will go for a win,” stated Jacobo Varela, Odisha FC’s assistant coach.

The large fear for Chennaiyin FC would be the incapability to string a few wins collectively. They’ve simply two wins in 9 video games and are but to win consecutive ISL video games because the begin of final season. The guests are but to maintain a clear sheet underneath coach Owen Coyle, who has been in cost for 3 video games.

“Whether we are playing at home or away, we treat matches in the same manner. If we don’t do that it takes away from our strengths. We have great respect for Odisha but if we change our philosophy it will be detrimental. We have some great goal scorers. We were the lowest-scoring team initially but when I came in suddenly we scored seven goals in three matches. We have to be positive against Odisha,” stated Coyle forward of the match.

Chennaiyin’s assault will most positively revolve round Rafael Crivellaro. The Brazilian playmaker has been distinctive within the final three video games underneath Coyle. He was concerned in 4 objectives in these three video games and has created 21 possibilities within the season to date, second solely to FC Goa’s Brandon Fernandes.

Chennaiyin is but to win away from residence this season and Monday would be the good time to get one. For Odisha, the sights will probably be set on a second consecutive win on the Kalinga Stadium.

(IANS)

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