BFC vs ODS Dream11: Odisha FC host reigning champions Bengaluru FC in round-7of Indian Super League 2019-20 season at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, on Wednesday evening.
Odisha FC dropped the opening two games, losing 2-1 both to Jamshedpur FC and NorthEast United FC, but the hosts arrive in this game in a relatively decent form having gone unbeaten in the last four games. Indeed, there's no denying the fact that the manager Josep Gombau must not be entirely happy with the form his forward line is in. Had Odisha been more clinical in front of the goal, their view on the points table would have been far better.
That said, the four-game unbeaten run is a good sign, and an indication of the team making progress in the right direction.
Odisha FC at home this season: Odisha drew 0-0 the only game they played as a host team.
Goals for: 00
Goals against: 00
Bengaluru FC remains one of the two unbeaten teams left in ISL this season but the champions seem to have developed a habit or two to throw games of late. What happened last week must be painful for manager Carles Cuadrat as Hyderabad stole the point from them following a 92nd-minute striker from Robin Singh. This has been the story of the Men in Blue this season, dominating, but not entirely clinical both at the back and in front of the goal.
Bengaluru FC on the road this season: (6th best) – Bengaluru FC are yet to win an away game this season, but they are without a defeat as well.
Goals for: 02
Goals against: 02
Host: Odisha FC
Visitors: Bengaluru FC
Competition: Premier League
Match Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Match Timing: Wednesday, December 04, @07:00 PM
Odisha FC: 2-2 draw away at Chennaiyin FC.
Bengaluru FC: 1-1 draw away at Hyderabad FC.
Odisha FC to win: 4.00 (3/1), Probability to happen: 25.00%
Bengaluru FC to win: 1.75 (3/4), Probability to happen: 57.14%
Draw: 3.40 (12/5), Probability to happen: 29.41%
Odisha FC: Xisco Hernandez, Aridane Santana, Jerry Mawihmingthanga
Bengaluru FC: Suniel Chettri, Ashique Kuruniyan, Raphael Augusto
Aridane Santana: 4 goals
Xisco Hernández: 3 goals
Jerry Mawihmingthanga: 2 goals
Sunil Chhetri: 3 goals
Erik Paartalu: 1 goal
Thingkhosiem Haokip: 1 goal
Udanta Singh: 1 goal
Odisha FC team news: With the chances, Odisha have had in the last couple of games, their points tally could have made for a better reading had the team been more composed and clinical in front of the goal. Still, the playing 11 Gombau put out in the last game is perhaps the best he can go with.
The only change could come at the back due to the knock Carlos Delgado picked up in the last game. Gombau is expected to go with Rana Gharami if Delgado fails to shake off his knock before the game.
Bengaluru FC team news: As for the Men in Blue, Rahul Bheke remains a doubt due to a muscular injury he picked up on international duty. Even if Bheke was fit, Cuadrat would still have gone with Juanan and Albert Serran at the back due to Bengaluru's solid display at the back.
Odisha FC: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Narayan Das, Rana Gharami, Diawandou Diagne, Shubham Sarangi, Vinit Rai, Marcos Tebar, Nanda Kumar, Xisco Hernandez, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Aridane Santana
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Nishu Kumar, Albert Serran, Juanan Gonzalez, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Raphael Augusto, Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri
Goalkeeper: A Singh
Defenders: H Khabra, Nishu-Kumar, S Sarangi
Midfielders: Udanta, Augusto, Delgado, Xisco, J Mawhmingthanga
Attackers: Chhetri (VC), Santana (C)
The pressure will be on Odisha to deliver in front of the home fans, and that could play into Bengaluru's hands, who are perhaps the best team in the league to soak up the pressure and hit on the counter-attack.
We back the visitors to get at least a point from this game.