With only a point in their kitty after six Hero Indian Super League matches, Odisha FC will be desperate to turn the tables against NorthEast United at the GMC Stadium, Goa on Tuesday.
The Bhubaneswar-based side lies bottom of the table having suffered five defeats this season — the most in the league. They will face a stiff challenge from fourth-placed NorthEast, who will be aiming to bounce back after witnessing their unbeaten run end in their previous game.
Odisha will need to find form soon, having struggled in both attack and defensc. They have shipped in nine goals, the second-worst tally in the league, and have a tendency of conceding first — 7 of their goals conceded coming in the first half. In attack, Stuart Baxter’s men have scored the joint-lowest goals (3) and created the least number of chances (42).
Odisha will need to ensure they don’t let the momentum slip again in the first half by conceding first. To do that, they will have to keep a tight leash on forwards Idrissa Sylla and Kwesi Appiah, who lead NorthEast’s scoring charts with two goals each.
The Highlanders have similar concerns. Four of their six goals conceded have come in the first half while their attacking threat has begun to wear out.
”We are going to be an offensive team tomorrow, we are going to go for the three points and prove it to everyone,” said NorthEast coach Gerard Nus.