CFC vs ODS Dream11: Following the first win of the campaign in the last game, Chennaiyin FC will look to keep the momentum going when they play Odisha FC in the back-to-back home games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Thursday evening (IST).
The Marina Arena head coach John Gregory made it clear before the game against Hyderabad that his team must collect six points from the next two games. Well, there you go, Chennai collected three points in the last game, to end its winless start to the season, and so, the team is one win away from meeting the immediate target set by the manager.
It was a huge relief for both the manager and the players; the monkey off the back; as the whole squad can now look to build on that win and rack up some important wins in the next couple of weeks. No more questions about the only team left in ISL without a win.
But was it luck, or did Gregory's men carve out the result by their sheer efforts? People can have different perceptions about the results when a team wins by scoring two goals in the 2nd half injury time. The opponent lost its focus, there were tired legs and all sorts of reasons. And another way to gauge the result is to praise the team's never-say-die attitude, the hunger and the above all, it shows that Chennaiyin player are firmly behind their underfire manager, and are ready to give all to him and to the team's cause.
Odisha FC, on the other hand, have played two back-to-back 0-0s against Kerala Blasters and ATK respectively, and come into this game on a three-game unbeaten run. That's a good base to build the foundations for a successful season, and that's something manager Josep Gombau needs this season, following a very disappointing campaign with Delhi Capitals last season.
Host: Chennaiyin FC
Visitors: Odisha FC
Match Timing: November 28, @ 07: 30 PM
Match Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
Chennai will sure have fire in their belly after an extraordinary result in the last game. The fans will be excited and perhaps more vocal as they look to get behind their team in this game.
That said, the table doesn't tell the full story about Odisha FC. Josep Gambau's team is yet to be outshot by any team in the league this season, with Odisha bossing the possession around 60% in three of the five games. So the visitors won't getaway in the match at any point and will pose a threat.
Look at the current trend in the betting market. An Odisha FC win is the most likely result in this game, as per the betting trends.
Chennaiyin FC to win: 3.60 (13/5), Probability to happen: 27.78%
Odisha FC to win: 1.80 (4/5), Probability to happen: 55.56%
Draw: 3.60 (13/5), Probability to happen: 27.78%
Chennaiyin FC team news: No player is missing for the Marina Arena due to injuries or suspension. But John Gregory could still ring in changes to the team which started the game against Hyderabad FC a few days ago.
Striker Andre Schembri came off the bench to score the opener in the last game and is expected to replace Rafael Crivellaro in the playing 11.
Dhanpal Ganesh was left out of the matchday squad in the last game and he may find it hard to force his way back into the team following a disastrous start to the current campaign
Odisha FC team news: For Odisha FC, there is a clean bill of health and the full squad has travelled to Chennai for this match.
Chennaiyin FC: Vishal Kaith (GK), Masih Saighani, Eli Sabia, Lucian Goian, Tondonba Singh, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa, Thoi Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Andre Schembri, Nerijus Valskis
Odisha FC: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Narayan Das, Diawandou Diagne, Carlos Delgado, Shubham Sarangi, Marcos Tebar, Vinit Rai, Xisco Hernandez, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Nandhakumar Sekar, Aridane Santana
Goalkeeper: A Singh
Defenders: M Saighani, Tondonba-Singh, N Das
Midfielders: A Thapa, R Crivellaro, X Hernandez, M Tebar (C), J Mawhmingthanga
Forwards: N Valskis, A Santana (VC)
Though, the betting market sees as an Odisha FC win in this game here, we back the host to get something out of this match.