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Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC Lineups, Preview, Head-to-Head, Team Updates and more ahead of ISL 2023/24

At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennaiyin FC and table-toppers Odisha FC are set to face each other in the Indian Super League on Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 PM IST.

Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC Lineups
Chennaiyin FC and table-toppers Odisha FC are set to face each other in the Indian Super League on Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 PM IST.

Preview

Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC: The clash pits a strong Odisha team, unbeaten since October, against a struggling Chennaiyin team, which has lost four of its last five matches. They are on top of the league with 35 points from 17 matches. In the season, Odisha FC is facing constant challenges from Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Mumbai City FC. With just a two-point lead over the Mariners, and Mumbai City not far behind, Odisha need this win to remain on top of the points table.

Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, have faced a lot of trouble so far and remain in 11th position with 15 points. Despite a challenging season, they remain within six points of the current playoff spot with two games remaining. The upcoming match against Odisha FC holds importance for their playoff aspirations.

Chennaiyin FC head coach Owen Coyle stressed the need for clinical finishing, which has been a persistent challenge for his team this season. Meanwhile, Odisha FC under the guidance of Sergio Lobera are relying on the foreign trio and a strong contingent of Indian players. Despite an easy 2-0 win in their previous encounter, Lobera are expected to face a tough challenge from Chennaiyin FC this time.

Head-to-Head

Chennaiyin FC will face an uphill battle, having lost four of their last five matches in the Indian Super League. Odisha FC have an impressive track record, having won two of their last three fixtures against Chennaiyin and 16 of their last 21 matches in all competitions.

In the head-to-head situation, Odisha FC holds the lead with three wins compared to Chennaiyin FC two wins. The recent 2-0 win in their side has strengthened Odisha FC this season. Four of the last nine matches ended in draws.

As both the teams prepare for their tenth clash, Odisha FC have an impressive record with eight wins, while Chennaiyin FC have registered three wins. Eight matches between them have ended in draws. Notably, Odisha FC’s Roy Krishna stands on the brink of ISL history, just one point away from joining the exclusive 100-club, showcasing his stellar career in the league.

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Team Updates

Chennaiyin FC’s struggles continue in the ISL as Nandakumar Shekhar’s early onslaught led them to their fifth defeat in six matches last weekend. With just two wins in their last 11 league matches, Owen Coyle’s side remain in 11th, 11 points clear of bottom. Their performance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has been below par, with three wins and three losses in seven home league matches.

On the contrary, Odisha FC arrive in Chennai with confidence boosted by their crucial 2-1 win against East Bengal. They remain at the top of the ISL table, two points ahead of Mohun Bagan, with Sergio Lobera’s side unbeaten in 13 matches since October. Both coaches stressed the importance of the upcoming clash, while Sergio Lobera acknowledged the challenge posed by Chennaiyin FC. Both sides will be aiming to shape their ISL fortunes in this crucial encounter.

Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC Predicted Lineups

Chennaiyin FC Predicted Lineups (4-4-2)

  • Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder
  • Defenders: Ankit Mukherjee, Ryan Edwards, Bikash Yumnam, Sarthak Golui
  • Midfielders: Lazar Cirkovic, Connor Shields, Farukh Choudhary, Rafael Crivellaro
  • Forwards: Ninthoi Meetei, Rahim Ali

Odisha FC Predicted Lineups (4-3-3)

  • Goalkeeper: Amrinder Singh
  • Defenders: Amey Ranawade, Narender Gahlot, Carlos Delgado, Jerry Lalrinzuala
  • Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Puitea, Princeton Rebello
  • Forwards: Roy Krishna, Isak Ralte, Diego Mauricio
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