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Durand Cup 2022 Live Commentary: NorthEast United vs Odisha FC

Published at :August 17, 2022 at 10:05 PM
Modified at :August 18, 2022 at 1:35 AM
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Uttiyo Sarkar

5:00 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the NorthEast United vs Odisha FC match in Durand Cup 2022. The kick-off is just half an hour away! I’m your host Uttiyo Sarkar, 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.

NorthEast United vs Odisha FC: Build-up

On the second day of Durand Cup 2022, NorthEast United lock horns with Odisha FC in a group D match. NorthEast United will look to have their pre-ISL preparation in Durand Cup as they are yet to have all their players in India.

Meanwhile, Odisha FC are coming with a short preparation camp ahead of the tournament and have all the first team players available for the game. Both sides are well matched to win the game and start the new football season on a positive note.

Despite playing in every season of the Indian Super League, NorthEast United have failed to win anything so far. They have been inconsistent every now and then and that seems to cost them the trust of the fans. 

After last year’s behind-the-scenes drama, the Highlanders are making a fresh start with the Durand Cup. The club and the fans would love to begin with an emphatic victory and a successful Durand Cup campaign.

Read here: NorthEast United vs Odisha FC Preview

Josep Gombau is back with the Juggernauts and so are the hopes of supporters after two below-par dismal seasons. The Spaniard has led the side for three years in the past and the team played some beautiful possession-based game during the period.

The manager has emphasized on winning everything with this youthful squad. Gombau sees Durand Cup as the perfect opportunity to bring competitiveness among the players and make them ready for ISL.

Team News

Marco Balbul has a lot of expectations from the supporters. However, whether he’ll be heading the team for the competition is still unrevealed. NorthEast United will mostly feature their reserve team players along with a few senior team candidates in the event. However, international players of the Highlanders are doubtful for the game as of now.

Josep Gombau had previously stated that the Durand Cup 2022 is a priority to the club. Odisha FC have their Indian brigade available. They also have the foreigners training with the group and some are expected to be part of the line-up as well.