With solely some extent of their kitty from six video games, Odisha FC will likely be determined to show their fortunes round after they face NorthEast United within the Indian Tremendous League right here on Tuesday.
The Bhubaneswar-based aspect is mendacity on the backside of the desk having suffered 5 defeats this season — essentially the most within the league. They may face stiff problem from fourth-placed NorthEast, who will likely be aiming to bounce again after witnessing their unbeaten run finish within the earlier recreation.
Odisha might want to discover type quickly, having struggled in each assault and protection. They’ve shipped in 9 objectives, the second-worst tally within the league, and tend of conceding first — seven of the objectives scored towards them got here within the first half.
In assault, Stuart Baxter’s males have scored the joint-lowest objectives (three) and created the least variety of possibilities (42).
Odisha might want to guarantee they do not let the momentum slip once more within the first half by conceding first. To do this, they should maintain a good leash on forwards Idrissa Sylla and Kwesi Appiah, who lead NorthEast’s scoring charts with two objectives every.
The NorthEast crew has bought fairly just a few gamers who’re fast. They play again to entrance rapidly and get the ball to their strikers, so we defend as a crew,” Baxter mentioned on the eve of the match.
“No matter options we’re planning will likely be as a crew, it will not be based mostly on a person marking a person intently. It is going to be about giving one another assist and ensuring we shove them into the areas the place we are able to handle them,” he added.
The Highlanders have related considerations as 4 of their six objectives conceded have come within the first half and their attacking menace has additionally begun to wear down. They’ve failed to attain of their earlier two video games regardless of creating loads of possibilities.
NorthEast coach Gerard Nus acknowledged his crew will go on an all-out assault after they step on the pitch.
“I agree (the defeat has made us hungrier to bounce again). It is a chance for all of us to return collectively and stick collectively,” Nus mentioned.
“We’re going to be an offensive crew tomorrow, we’re going to go for the three factors and show it to everybody,” he added.