A few days ago, Odisha FC surrendered their top four initiative when they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Consequently, the loss left the Juggernauts stranded in 6th, with a tally of 21 points from 16 fixtures.
More importantly though, Odisha, since their victory over Hyderabad FC, have failed to muster even a solitary point, meaning that they are now dependent on other results going their way, if they are to qualify for the semi-finals in their debut season.
NorthEast United, on the other hand, don’t have to worry about any eventualities regarding qualification scenarios having played themselves out of it earlier in the campaign. Inevitably, questions were raised regarding Robert Jarni’s methods and the Croatian was deemed indispensable in the Highlanders’ long-term goals.
Thus, when they travel to the Kalinga Stadium on Friday, NorthEast would hope to identify the major flaws that exist in their machinery, thereby enabling them to chalk out a proficient course of action for next term.
Odisha, meanwhile, have plenty of questions to answer before thinking about the succeeding season. In fact, they would rather hope that they don’t have to do so until the second week of March.
Yet, if that is to come to fruition, the Juggernauts need to be at the top of their game against the Highlanders. After all, there aren’t any easy games in the ISL and especially so when one is chasing a top four berth.
Odisha FC vs NorthEast United FC: Match Information
Date: 14th February, 2020
Time: 07:30pm IST
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar
Where to watch: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
Odisha FC vs NorthEast United FC: Team News
Odisha FC don’t have any pressing injury concerns to worry about while they also impressively boast a clean slate with regards to suspensions.
NorthEast, contrastingly, have to contend with a spate of injuries, including one to Mislav Komorski, Nikhil Kadam and Provat Lakra. Additionally, Apuia is expected to miss the match through suspension.
Odisha FC vs NorthEast United FC: Predicted Line-Ups
NorthEast United FC: Subhasish Roy Choudhary, Reagan Singh, Kai Heerings, Wayne Vaz, Rakesh Pradhan, Jose Leudo, Milan Singh, Redeem Tlang, Ninthoi, Federico Gallego, Andy Keogh
Odisha FC vs NorthEast United FC: ISL Form Guide (Most recent first)
Odisha FC: L-L-L-W-W
NorthEast United FC: D-D-L-L-L
Odisha FC vs NorthEast United FC: Head to Head
Odisha FC and NorthEast United FC have clashed swords only a solitary time, with that fixture taking place at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. On that occasion, the Highlanders came through unscathed, posting a 2-1 victory.
Total Matches Played: 1 match
Odisha FC: 0 wins
NorthEast United FC: 1 win
Draw: 0 draw
Odisha FC vs NorthEast United FC: Match Prediction
Odisha FC have much more to play for in the encounter and at home, they might just have too much in reserve for the Highlanders. Moreover, the visitors don’t seem to boast the requisite resources to exploit the Juggernauts’ defensive deficiencies.
Thus, a home victory could well be on the cards come Friday.
Score Prediction: Odisha FC 2-0 NorthEast United FCPublished 13 Feb 2020, 16:10 IST