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Kerala Blasters vs Odisha Preview: Odisha set for another defeat?

05 Jan 2021
Ramesh Jegatheeswaran 05 Jan 2021
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  • Kerala Blasters vs Odisha preview for the Indian Super League fixture
  • Odisha have lost 5 of their last 6 matches
  • Are they set for another defeat at GMC Stadium?
  • Full match preview, predictions and team news
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Kerala Blasters can celebrate a second win of the season (Getty Images)

Kerala Blasters Form

Having taken four points from their previous two games, Kerala Blasters' improvement in form was halted last time when they lost 2-0 to leaders Mumbai City.

Kibu Vicuna's side found themselves 2-0 down inside 11 minutes as Adam Le Fondre scored from the penalty spot and Hugo Boumous doubled the lead. Boumous also missed a second half penalty for Mumbai.

Prior to that, Kerala drew 1-1 with East Bengal and the got their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Hyderabad. Goals from Abdul Hakku and Jordan Murray sealed the points.

The Blasters have also drawn with NorthEast United (2-2) and Chennaiyin (0-0) this season as well as lost 1-0 to ATK Mohun Bagan, 3-1 to Goa and 4-2 to Bengaluru.

Odisha Form

Odisha remain winless and adrift at the foot of the table after losing the battle of the bottom sides. Stuart Baxter's side lost 3-1 to fellow strugglers East Bengal.

First-half goals from Anthony Pilkington and Jacques Maghoma put East Bengal 2-0 up, and Bright Enobakhare scored a third two minutes from time. A Danny Fox own goal in injury time was a small consolation for Odisha.

Goals have been a problem for Odisha with just six scored in eight games this season. Four of them have come in the last three games, a 2-1 defeat to Bengaluru and a 2-2 draw with NorthEast United.

That point remains Odisha's only one gained in the last six matches. They have also lost 1-0 to ATK Mohun Bagan, 2-0 to Mumbai City and 1-0 to Goa during the run of five losses in six games.

Team News

Kerala Blasters may still be without defender Bakary Kone and forward Gary Hooper for the clash with Odisha. Both have missed the last two matches. 

Attacking midfielder Juande is still in quarantine after signing as a replacement for the injured Sergio Cidoncha.

Odisha boss Stuart Baxter needs to get striker Manuel Onwu firing if the club are to solve their goalscoring problems. Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho has been left on the bench for the last five games and will hope for a start.

Head To Head

Kerala Blasters and Odisha have both won four times in 14 previous head to heads, with six draws. 

Both games last season ended in stalemates. A 0-0 draw was followed by a eight-goal thriller as Kerala came from 4-2 down to seal a point with two goals in the last eight minutes.


Winless Odisha are rooted to the bottom of the table with two points from eight games. Kerala Blasters had picked up form before losing to leaders Mumbai City last time out. Goals are expected in this clash between two of the bottom three in the ISL.

  • Kerala Blasters have seen BTTS in 3 of their last 5 matches (Indian Super League).
  • Odisha have failed to win any of their 8 matches this season (Indian Super League).
  • Odisha have lost 5 of their last 6 matches (Indian Super League).
  • Odisha have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches (Indian Super League).
  • Odisha have seen over 3.5 goals in their last 2 matches (Indian Super League).

Kerala Blasters vs Odisha

What is the best bet for Kerala Blasters vs Odisha?

Odisha have lost 5 of their last 6 matches are are tipped for another defeat.

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Where is Kerala Blasters vs Odisha being played?

Kerala Blasters vs Odisha is being played at the GMC Stadium in Bambolin, India.

When does Kerala Blasters vs Odisha kick off?

Kerala Blasters vs Odisha kicks off at 14:00 GMT on Thursday 7 January 2021.