The match will see a significance presence of the Spanish Armada – including the two head coaches – Antonio Iriondo (Jamshedpur) and Josep Gombau (Odisha). An exciting battle appears to be on cards for football fans as a new rivalry stars to unfold in the Indian Super League.
Hosts Jamshedpur have seasoned pros in their line-up with Tiri guarding the citadel and Memo managing the mid-field. The Spanish trio of Noe Acosta, Piti and Sergio Castel will be in charge of creating and scoring the goals, ISL has reported on its official website. With Piti’s expertise with set pieces, expect this Jamshedpur unit to be a dangerous team from dead ball situations. In CK Vineeth and Subrata Paul, the team also possesses two very experienced options on either end of the pitch.
Read More: ISL 2019: Jamshedpur FC sign C K Vineeth
Having lost Michael Soosairaj, new signing Isaac Vanmalsawma will most likely provide the more direct option down the flanks. It will be interesting to see just how Antonio Iriondo shapes his team up for his first Hero ISL encounter.
Odisha FC, the new entrants after the team owners have done away with Delhi Dynamos – the Delhi-based ISL team run by the same owners, will be expected to play a fearless brand of football – a style associated with their head coach Josep Gombau. One of the major highlights of the squad is a very strong midfield, which features the likes of Xisco Hernandez, Martin Guedes, former Barcelona B midfielder Diawandou Diagne, the enigmatic Marcos Tebar and promising Indian youngster Vinit Rai.
A trivia from the past season will reveal that both the teams have some strong ISL performers in their ranks. Odisha FC’s Xisco has created the most number of chances (35) for champions Bengaluru FC last season. Jamshedpur’s Sergio Castel, a loan signing from Atletico Madrid B, had scored 13 goals in the Segunda Division ‘B’ last season.
Xisco missed a penalty against Jamshedpur playing for Bengaluru last season – a match which Bengaluru lost 5-1.
PROBABLE LINE-UPS: Jamshedpur FC: Subrata Paul (GK), Tiri, Joyner Lourenco, Keegan Pereira, Robin Gurung, Memo, Piti, Noe Acosta, Isaac Vanmalsawma, CK Vineeth, Sergio Castel
Odisha FC: Francisco Dorronsoro (GK), Narayan Das, Shubham Sarangi, Gaurav Bora, Carlos Delgado, Vinit Rai, Marcos Tebar, Xisco Hernandez, Nandhakumar Sekar, Aridane Santana, Jerry Mawhmingthanga
The match kick starts at 7:30 pm. The fans can catch all the action LIVE with pre-match analysis from 6:30 pm on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 bangla, Star Sports 1 Kannada.
The Star Sports ISL feed will be simulcast on Star’s OTT platform Hotstar and JioTV.