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Odisha FC Vs Bengaluru FC: Build-up

A win will take Odisha FC to the top of the table, ahead of current table-toppers Hyderabad FC by two points (with the team playing one more game). Thus, Josep Gombau’s men will be eager to take advantage of the home support and defeat their next opponent. With poor finishes in the last two seasons, Odisha would be desperate to reach the playoffs this season, especially with the kind of start they have had.

In this regard, each and every match, especially those at home, are very important in order to execute the team’s dream of a first playoffs finish. It will not be different on Thursday as well, with the kind of quality in the league. A small lapse in consistency can provide other teams a window to overtake them on the points table.

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Bengaluru FC began this season by winning the Durand Cup. That triumph largely increased the expectations of the Blues’ fans ahead of the season. Hence, only one win from three games is not enough for the side from Bengaluru. They need to improve their win percentage and that too, immediately. Thus, Thursday’s game is of paramount importance to them.

Despite playing at an away venue, the quality of Bengaluru’s squad makes them a force to reckon whenever they take the pitch. Grayson and his men are aware of this. Thus, it is expected that they would leave no stones unturned to get a positive result from Thursday’s game. With mid-table finishes in the last few seasons, it is prerogative for the side to eye victory in every game in order to attain a top-six finish this year.

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