Odisha, Chennaiyin hope to get three points in reverse fixture

ATK FC defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in the ISL Final played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Saturday to win a historic third ISL title

Bambolim (Goa), Jan 12 (IANS) Odisha FC play Chennaiyin FC a second consecutive time in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday at the GMC Stadium after the two sides played out a goalless draw on Sunday.

The reverse fixture saw both teams missing a number of chances to take the lead and left both of them in the bottom four. While Odisha stay rooted at the bottom, Chennaiyin have now slipped to 11th. A win on Wednesday, however, will change the script for both teams.

According to Odisha coach Stuart Baxter, the disadvantages of facing the same team twice in four days is something that both sides have to bear.

“Is the glass half full or half empty? I think you can look at it both ways. Whatever it is, it is for both teams. If it is a positive, they’ve got just as much positives as we have. The only thing I can say is that it is going to be difficult for both teams,” he said.

Baxter, however, refused to commit on whether he would opt for a change in tactics to make it difficult for Chennaiyin to predict what his team would do. “It’s a possibility, yes, when you have these doubleheaders. Sometimes you do change tactics. But we have to look at a fresh set of players, we have to look at the injuries. We have a suspension in Jacob (Tratt). So that is on the table. We will make a final decision later in the evening,” he added.

Sunday saw Chennaiyin’s goal-scoring woes in the league continue with Rahim Ali and Jakub Sylvestr both missing golden opportunities to get their team the three points. Chennaiyin have netted the least goals in the league and have now not scored in half the games that they have played. With their main creative force Rafael Crivellaro out for the rest of the season, their forwards can’t afford to be wasteful anymore.

For coach Csaba Laszlo, it is now evident that this is his biggest headache. “Our biggest problem according to me is actually scoring goals. We create a lot of chances. But somehow we haven’t scored enough goals and if you don’t score goals, it is very difficult to win games,” he said.



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