7:00 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC match in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23. The kick-off is just half an hour away! I’m your host Aishwarya Chakraborty, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.
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Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC: Build-up
Odisha FC is all set to return to the Kalinga Stadium on Thursday to face Chennaiyin FC in a jaw-dropping Indian Super League (ISL 2022-23) encounter. The side from eastern India scripted an extraordinary comeback story in Kolkata last week against East Bengal when they overcame a two-goal deficit to win the match 4-2. Some individual brilliance from players like Pedro Martin and Diego Mauricio and an overall team effort meant that the Juggernauts left Kolkata with all three points.
Gameweek 7 also saw Chennaiyin FC get back to winning ways after their humiliating defeat against Mumbai City the week before. They got the better of Jamshedpur FC at home to win the game by a margin of 3-1. It was a comprehensive performance from a side that is struggling to find consistency this season. It is not difficult to say the Marina Machans will like to continue their current momentum against Odisha FC as well.
Odisha FC are currently placed in the fifth position of the points table with 12 points from six games. A win on Thursday will take the side to 15 points, level with second-placed Mumbai City from the same number of games. Thus, after their solid performance from last week, Odisha will hate to slip on Thursday. It is a perfect opportunity for them to get three points and strongly put their bid for a top-of-the-table finish.
Chennaiyin FC are currently seventh on the points table with 10 points from six games. A win on Thursday will take their tally to 13 points, which, in turn, will take the side to the third position. Being in the third position after seven games is not that bad for a side that is not having a very good season so far.