ISL Preview: Chennaiyin vs Odisha

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Aridane Jesus Santana of Odisha FC and Lucian Goian of Chennaiyin FC during match 53 of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between Odisha FC and Chennaiyin FC held at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, India on the 6th December 2020. Photo by: Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS for ISL

Chennaiyin FC (CFC) takes on Odisha FC (OFC) in match 53 of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Sunday.

Csaba Laszlo would want to better the condition of his side as they sit on the eighth spot after having played in nine matches. With their last three games ending up in two ties and one loss, Chennaiyin would give their all to win in Sunday’s game.

Chennaiyin let in four goals against Hyderabad, the same number they conceded in their first four matches. Add that to their misfiring attack that has scored just eight goals – the lowest in the league – and Chennaiyin find themselves in a real conundrum.

The Odisha team, on the other hand, sits on the last spot of the points table having played 9 games and scoring only 5 points. One point of confidence would be their last match in which Stuart Baxter’s men defeated the Kerala Blasters by 4-2.

“It’s important to the degree that we needed to get those three points to give the players the belief and the confidence to continue the roll around,” said Baxter.

CFC and OFC faced off twice in the league stage last season with the first tie ending in a 2-2 draw, while the Odisha won the second game 2-0.