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Odisha FC vs Punjab FC ISL 2023-24: OFC vs PFC, Predicted Lineups, Preview, Standing, Team News, Match Prediction and more

Sergio Lobera says Punjab FC is a strong contender to go to the play-off.

Odisha FC vs Punjab FC ISL 2023-24: Punjab FC is ready to face Odisha FC, which has qualified, to keep the play-off hopes alive. This match will be played on 02 April 2024 at 7:30 pm at Odisha FC’s home Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

Preview

Before the international break, Odisha FC played its last match against Bengaluru FC on March 30. Odisha FC forcefully forced Bengaluru FC to draw the match at their home. In this match, a total of 15 shots were taken by Odisha FC and dominated the match with 58% possession in the entire match, however, no player was successful in scoring a goal for the team.

On the other hand, Punjab FC played its last match against FC Goa at home in which 3-3 goals were scored from both the sides, FC Goa took the lead in the first 6′ minutes of the match. In the second half, Wilmar Jordan Gill leveled the scoreline for Punjab FC by scoring a goal in the 54th minute.

In the second half, Punjab’s Luka Majcen scored in the 61′ minute and Juan Mera scored in the 78′ minute to give the team the lead. In reply, Goa’s Noah Sadaoui and Carlos Martínez scored in the 84′ minute to make the match 3- The match ended with the score tied at 3.

ISL 2023-24 Standings

In the points table of ISL, currently Odisha FC is in third place with 36 points, in which the team has played a total of 19 matches, out of which it has won 10 matches, drawn 6 and lost 3 matches. Just above them, Mohun Bagan is in second place, which has scored 39 points in 19 matches.

On the other hand, Punjab FC is in 8th position with 21 points. Till now, the team has played a total of 19 matches and won 5 matches while losing 8 matches and drawing 6 matches. Just above them is Jamshedpur FC who are fighting for a place in the play-offs. Jamshedpur has got 21 points in 20 matches. If Punjab FC wins against Odisha then they will go straight to sixth place.

What is at stake for both teams?

Odisha FC: The last time these two teams clashed with each other, the result was in favor of Odisha FC, in which Roy Krishna scored a goal in 21′ minutes to give the team the victory. Odisha FC has won three of the last six ISL matches while losing one and drawing two.

Playing away from home, Odisha has won 4 out of the last 7 matches while losing three. The team’s performance while playing away from home has been of high quality.

Punjab FC: All the players of the team performed well in the high-crowing game against FC Goa, however, in the last six matches, the team has won three, lost two and played a draw against Goa. Playing at home, Punjab FC has won 3 in the last 7 matches while losing 3 and drawing one match.

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Teams News

Odisha FC played its last match against Bengaluru FC which ended in a 0-0 draw. However, the team’s performance in both rounds of the AFC Cup Inter-Zonal Semi-Finals was very disappointing, with Odisha FC losing 4–0 against Central Coast Mariners in the first round. While playing in Kalinga, the match ended with a score of 0-0, in this match a very heated argument was seen between the coaches of both the teams.

Roy Krishna will play an important role against Punjab FC, Roy Krishna has looked fit this season, he has played all the matches so far in which he has scored 12 goals so far in the ISL 2023-24 season, which also includes one assist. Krishna created 31 such chances for his team and is the team’s leading scorer with an excellent passing accuracy percentage of 74%.

Odisha FC head coach Sergio Lobera has praised Punjab and said that Punjab FC is a strong contender to reach the play-offs, Punjab is a good team, although last year the team had a very slow start but currently the team is playing well.” “We have to maintain our playing style, we need to work as a team, every match is different for us, the situation is different.”

On the other hand, Punjab’s star player Madih Talal, who played all 19 matches this season, scored 4 goals for the team and also made 8 assists, although Talal’s passing accuracy is better than Krishna’s at 80%. And created 44 such chances for the team where goalscoring chances were created for the team.

Match Prediction

Odisha FC is the ISL table topper team. The team has performed very well while playing at home. Won two wins in last five matches while 3 matches have been drawn, Punjab FC has won 3 matches while playing away from home, out of which it has won one and drawn one. And they are going to beat Odisha to make it to the play-offs.

Odisha FC 2-1 Punjab FC

OFC vs PFC Predicted Lineups

Odisha FC (4-2-3-1)

  • Goalkeeper: Amrinder Singh
  • Defenders: Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Delgado, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy
  • Midfielders: Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh
  • Midfield Attack: Roy Krishna, Cy Goddard, Isak Vanlalruatfela
  • Forward: Diego Maurício

Punjab FC (4-4-2)

  • Goalkeeper: Ravi Kumar
  • Defenders: Melroy Melwin Assisi, Dimitris Chatziisaias, Mohamed Salah, Tekcham Abhishek Singh
  • Midfielders: Juan Mera, Sahil Tavora, Ricky Shabong, Ashish Pradhan
  • Forward: Luka Majcen, Wilmar Jordán Gil
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