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Top five matches to watch in Kalinga Super Cup 2024

Published at :January 9, 2024 at 4:18 PM
Modified at :January 9, 2024 at 4:18 PM
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Samannay Sen

Mohun Bagan Super Giant and East Bengal FC are up for a clash on January 19, marking the third Kolkata derby of the season

Both the ISL and I-League, are scheduled for a break in January 2024 owing to the Asian Cup 2024 unfolding in Qatar. Nevertheless, club football will persist through the Super Cup, now rebranded as the Kalinga Super Cup, catalysing Indian football’s commencement in 2024 during the Asian Cup recess.

Consequently, the upcoming Kalinga Super Cup is expected to kick-start in Odisha on 9th January. The excitement is high as the football fraternity is going to see the clash of top teams contesting against each other from ISL as well as I-League.

Sixteen teams are competing for the silverware, with the winning team acquiring a spot in the AFC 2024-25 season’s ACL 2 Preliminary Stage. It will be a great opportunity for youngsters to display their talent in the absence of some main key players from each squad who are called up for national duties. Gear up as we delve into the matchups that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the archives of this rebranded competition.

Therefore, as the teams prepare to battle it out on the pitch, we present the top 5 matches that will capture the hearts and imaginations of fans, showcasing the essence of this footballing revolution.

5. Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC (January 20, 2024)

The clash between Kerala Blasters FC and NorthEast United FC on the 20th of January serves as a testament to the rich footballing culture of South and NorthEast India. Kerala Blasters, known for their attacking prowess, will go head-to-head with the organized defensive setup of NorthEast United FC.

Kerala with the likes of Dimitrios Diamantakos as their top scorer, their goal-scoring threat will look to cause all types of problems for the Highlanders. Youngsters like Parthib Gogoi and Konsam Phalguni from NorthEast United will look to impress.

4. Mumbai City FC vs Chennaiyin FC (January 21, 2024)

As Indian football fans eagerly await the kick-off of the inaugural KalingaSuper Cup, one fixture that stands out prominently, is the clash between Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC on January 21. Mumbai City has been struggling with its dominance in ISL, but they will still be favorites to win this fixture.

Chennaiyin FC with the likes of Jordan Murray and Rafael Crivellaro will be a tough nut to crack. The battle in midfield between Crivellaro and Greg Stewart will be a sight to behold.

3. Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC (January 12, 2024)

Odisha FC will take on Bengaluru FC in the group opener this season which will be a possible replay of last year’s Super Cup final.

Although a lot of things as well as equations have changed since then. With its recent form, Odisha FC will be the favorite but will receive tough competition from Bengaluru FC which wishes to improve its form considering its current situation.  

2. FC Goa vs Odisha FC (January 22, 2024)

The Gaurs find themselves assembled with Odisha FC and Bengaluru FC in the same group labelled as the ‘group of death’. Consequently, the upcoming clash between FC Goa and the Kalinga Warriors will mark the second reunion for Sergio Lobera with his former team this season.

This fixture will test the tactics of the two current best coaches of ISL, Sergio Lobera and Manolo Marquez. Odisha FC will be looking to turn their fortunes in this game as they lost to the Gaurs in their previous encounter.

1. Mohun Bagan Super Giant vs East Bengal FC (January 19, 2024)

The biggest rivalry in Indian football, the Kolkata derby will be the most awaited fixture in the Kalinga Super Cup 2024. East Bengal has been not so good with their form in ISL but will have all their main players, whereas Mohun Bagan comes in with a squad where seven of their main players have been called up for national duties.

With Habas taking on new duties as the Mariners coach, Carles Cuadrat’s men will surely look for revenge making it the most exciting fixture.

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