Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC Prediction | 17th Dec | ISL 2020-21
Odisha FC will lock horns with Bengaluru FC as the Juggernauts continue their quest for their maiden win in the Indian Super League this season
Bengaluru FC were phenomenal in their 4-2 win against the Kerala Blasters as they managed to score four goals, showing that they have enough firepower.
Odisha FC lost their last game marginally against FC Goa and sadly, they now have a bigger test to pass.
Stuart Baxter and co. are struggling from the tactical aspect of the games and it seems there's too much bewilderment as far as the roles and duties are concerned.
On the other hand, Carles Cuadrat has proven that his team can become goal hunters when the situation demands and he would hope that his team continues to turn up like that in most of their games.
Odisha vs Bengaluru: Head to Head
The sides have played each other six times in the competition overall. Odisha have managed to win only two out of the six, losing the rest.
Indian Super League 2020-21 has seen goals in galore but the major contributors to the tally are Bengaluru FC with nine goals till now, while Odisha FC have pulled off only two.
The Blues are unbeaten in their last five games.
Odisha FC have failed to score in their past three matches.
The Juggernauts have not managed a single victory in their last six tries.
Odisha vs Bengaluru FC: Team News
While there are uncertainties in the dressing room due to injuries, Baxter is yet to find his perfect XI. Marcelinho is still struggling and will take some time to get back to playing 90 minutes.
For the Blues, the squad are up and running with so casualties whatsoever. Considering his squad's performance in the last game, there are chances that he may start with the same XI.
Players to Watch Out:
Diego Mauricio (Odisha FC)
Odisha have scored only two goals in the tournament so far and it is this man who has scored both of them.
The goals came against Jamshedpur FC where they managed to earn only a point despite a promising performance. They are struggling to find Mauricio in the final third, one of the prime reasons to have failed to score goals in the competition.
Baxter will have to do something so that his team plays with full strength.
Dimas Delgado (Bengaluru FC)
The Blues have a really strong midfield, courtesy of Delgado who has been exceptional for them so far.
His partnership with Erik Paartalu is perhaps one of the best in the league where one does the creative work while the other makes sure that no one takes the ball away from them.
The Spaniard is extremely talented and he knows where to place his through balls. A side like Odisha will have to make sure that they don't allow this man to play with freedom.
Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC Prediction:
Odisha needs to give their all in order to win their first game of the season. They will have to take their chances and believe in themselves despite the form the Blues have been in so far.
The game if taken to the wire could go anywhere but the Blues would give their all to bury the game at the earliest.
Sportco predicts a draw between Odisha FC and Bengaluru FC.