Kerala Blasters are top of the league after a tight, but a fantastic battle with Hyderabad FC on Sunday. The Blasters came out as 1-0 winners on the day, a win which took them to the summit of the table, level on points with Mumbai City FC as the second half of the Indian Super League commenced. Mumbai City FC had the chance to retain their top spot on Monday, but lost 3-0 to Bengaluru FC. The Islanders also have played a game more than The Blasters, which gives the team from Kerala a great chance of making it to the final four of the competition.
Odisha FC are 8th in the league, 3 points behind 4th placed Jamshedpur FC, but with a game in hand over the team from Jharkhand. A win over The Blasters will take them level on points, and back in contention of making the final four of the competition, but they will need to be on top of their game if they are to get anything from this game against the best team in the league so far. This really is a big game for The Kalinga Warriors
Odisha FC vs Kerala Blasters ISL 2021/2022
Date: 11th January, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco
Kerala Blasters have conceded just 10 goals in the 10 games played so far, and possess one of the best defences in the league. They have only lost one game all season, which was the first game of the season, back in November when they lost to ATK Mohun Bagan on 19th November. Since then, they have won four, and drawn 5. Three of their last five games have been victories.
Odisha FC on the other hand have only won one of their last five, losing three, and drawing one game. They should gain some confidence from winning the first game of the New Year and manager Kiko Ramírez would be hoping the New Year can bring a change in fortunes and form for his team.
Kerala Blasters: W-W-D-D-W
Odisha FC: L-L-D-L-W
Odisha FC vs Kerala Blasters – Head-to-Head
Odisha FC (previously Delhi Dynamos FC) has competed with Kerala Blasters a total of 17 times.
Played – 17
Odisha FC – 5
Kerala Blasters – 5
Draw – 7
Odisha FC vs Kerala Blasters Team News:
Odisha FC midfielder Vinit Rai has joined defending champions Mumbai City FC on loan for the rest of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) campaign. Vinit played an influential role for Odisha FC, and manager Kiko Ramírez would have to tweak things a little, especially against the mighty opposition that is Kerala Blasters.
Kerala Blasters FC on Monday confirmed that captain Jessel Carneiro picked up an injury during their league match against Hyderabad FC on Sunday. The defender was stretchered out during the game and is suspected to have a shoulder injury. Further scans have been taken to better assess the severity of the injury. Ivan Vukomanović, like his counterpart will also have to make the changes to the winning combination.
Odisha FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Kamaljit Singh (GK); Hendry Antonay, Hector Rodas, Victor Mongil, Lalruatthara; Isaac Vanmalsawma, Thoiba Singh; Jerry Mawihmingthanga (C), Liridon Krasniqi, Nandhakumar Sekar; Javier Hernandez
Kerala Blasters Predicted XI (4-4-2): Albino Gomes (GK); Harmanjot Khabra, Marco Leskobic, Enes Sipovic, Nishu Kumar, Vincy Barretto, Jeakson Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Sahal Abdul Samad; Adrian Luna, Jorge Diaz.
Odisha FC vs Kerala Blasters – Prediction
Odisha FC will be up against the best team in the league, which will provide a fascinating watch for the neutral, but probably not so much for the fans of the Kalinga Warriors. Kerala Blasters are expected to beat Odisha FC comfortably, unless The Kalinga Warriors can put up their best performance of the season. It’s football, so anything is possible, and one can’t say it’s impossible, but improbable for sure.
Prediction: Odisha FC 0 – 3 Kerala Blasters