Kerala Blasters will take on Odisha FC in the Boxing Day fixture of ISL – Season 9 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi. This game will mark the start of the second phase of the season for both teams as they have finished the first 10 matches beforehand.
Kerala Blasters had a 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin FC in their last game which halted the five-match winning streak of the Kerala Blasters. With 19 points from 10 matches, Kerala Blasters is sitting at fifth position whereas Odisha FC is in sixth position with the same number of points but an inferior goal difference. They played against ATK Mohun Bagan FC in their last match, which also ended in a stalemate.
When the last time these two sides met, at Odisha FC’s home, it turned out to be a tough night for men in yellow. They went down to the Kalinga Warriors for two goals to one, even though it was Kerala Blasters who took the lead in the first half, Pedro Martin’s late goal offered them the victory at Bhubaneswar. Harmanjot Khabra was on the score sheet that day.
Kerala Blasters have a slight edge over Odisha FC as they have won seven out of 19 matches and Odisha FC have won five, including the latest meeting which happened earlier in this season. Points were shared on seven occasions.
Sahal Abdul Samad who scored a brace earlier this season against NorthEast United FC made it into the scoresheet as he scored a delicate goal against Chennaiyin FC last week. He now has 10 ISL goals to his name. Ivan Kaliuzhnyi was pivotal in the middle of the park. He also provided the assist to Sahal’s goal, which showed his quality on the ball and his vision of the game. Marko Leskovic had a good outing against Chennaiyin FC last Monday. He was strong and steady in the defense and denied Marina Machans many times.
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