ISL 2020-21: Misfiring Kerala Blasters chase second win of season against bottom-placed Odisha FC
Odisha are yet to win a game and it could be Kerala's best chance to get three points for the second time this season.
Bambolim: Struggling Kerala Blasters would fancy their chances against bottom-placed Odisha FC when they chase their second win of the season in the Indian Super League on Thursday.
Odisha are yet to win a game and it could be Kerala's best chance to get three points for the second time this season. Kerala are on the ninth spot with six points while Odisha are at the bottom with just two points from eight matches.
Kerala coach Kibu Vicuna needs to find out a way for his team to score goals. Kerala have scored just three goals from open play all season, the second-lowest in the league.
"The good thing is that we created chances. The bad thing is that we did not score. We are working to improve in this aspect," said Vicuna.
"Every game is different. We respect Odisha because they did not deserve to lose the last match against East Bengal. They have good players. So we will focus on having a good game, creating chances and taking them."
Odisha coach Stuart Baxter agreed with Vicuna's assessment that recent results were not a fair reflection of how his team has been playing. But there is no denying the grim reality that Odisha find themselves in.
They've already lost six games, just one less than their tally from last season. They have scored the least and conceded the most. In fact, they've failed to score in half the games they've played.
"The biggest issue we have right now is that despite playing well in most games, we haven't been able to turn it into results. Despite playing reasonably well in most games, and dominating at times, those are not being translated into results. That can damage belief," Baxter said.
"The first thing that has to happen is that the players do not lose belief. The tweaks that we need to do, we are aware of them and we are working on them. That's why I think we're improving," he added.
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Poor finishing has cost CFC in the games so far and they have given away goals from set-piece situations which would not please the coach Csaba Laszlo as team has two wins, two losses and four draws so far.
Chennaiyin FC are going into the match after their worst display of the season, a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Hyderabad FC.
The match saw both teams failing to convert clear-cut chances. That Odisha had three shots on target while Chennaiyin managed just two exemplified how much both sides cancelled out each other.