MBSG vs OFC: Mohun Bagan Super Giant bank on home advantage against Odisha FC to recoup and book finals berth in ISL 2023-24

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Odisha FC players warming up before the match 113 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season, played between Bengaluru FC and Odisha FC held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium , Bengaluru on March 30th, 2024. Photos : by ISL Media
Odisha FC players warming up before the match 113 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season, played between Bengaluru FC and Odisha FC held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium , Bengaluru on March 30th, 2024. Photos : by ISL Media
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Semifinal 1 Leg 2 Preview (MBSG vs OFC): Mohun Bagan Super Giant bank on home advantage against Odisha FC to recoup and book finals berth in ISL 2023-24

Kolkata, 27 April, 2024: After a thrilling first leg that saw Odisha FC secure a narrow 2-1 victory, all eyes are now on the second leg of the ISL semi-final clash between Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Odisha FC at the Salt Lake Stadium on April 28, Sunday, at 7:30 pm IST. The stakes are high as both teams battle it out for a spot in the final of ISL 2023-24.

Mohun Bagan Super Giant will be looking to capitalize on their home advantage as they aim to overturn the deficit and book their place in the final. The Mariners showed glimpses of their quality in the first leg, with Manvir Singh’s stunning strike providing them with an early lead. They will be banking on their attacking prowess and the support of their passionate fans to stage a comeback.

On the other hand, Odisha FC will be buoyed by their performance in the first leg, where they showcased resilience and determination to secure the victory. With players like Carlos Delgado and Roy Krishna in their ranks, Odisha FC poses a significant threat going forward. They will be aiming to maintain their momentum and produce another strong performance to seal their spot in the final.

Recent Form:

  • Odisha FC enters this crucial second leg with confidence, having secured their first-ever ISL victory against Mohun Bagan Super Giant in the first leg. Their unbeaten record at the Kalinga Stadium this season underscores their strength at home. Despite a slight blip towards the end of the season, Odisha FC regained momentum with consecutive wins in their last two matches. They will aim to carry this positive momentum into the upcoming fixture.
  • In contrast, Mohun Bagan Super Giant is fueled by the prospect of achieving a rare ISL double after already clinching the league title. The appointment of Antonio Lopez Habas as head coach mid-season proved to be a masterstroke, propelling the team to an unstoppable run and already being crowned the Champions. However, they faced a setback in the first leg against Odisha FC and will be eager to bounce back in front of their home crowd.

What’s at stake?

Mohun Bagan Super Giant

  • Habas will want to fix some gaps in his defensive line in this match. The Mariners have conceded multiple goals in both of their last two playoffs games, i.e. (1-2 vs Odisha FC on April 23, 2024 & 2-2 vs Bengaluru FC on March 18, 2023).
  • If they do so again on Saturday, this will mark their outright longest such streak in this stage of the competition. They will want to go back to their strengths to find a place in the final.
  • The Mariners thrive in overloading the box with precise final third deliveries thanks to their sharp wingers and clinical strikers. They have scored 42 goals from inside the box in the current campaign and they will hence test the Juggernauts incredibly from close spaces.
  • When they get going, there are few ways to stop the Mohun Bagan Super Giant, given that the team has netted at least thrice or more in nine matches so far in this campaign. This is the most by any team this season, and also gives the Juggernauts a cause of concern before the second leg.

Odisha FC

  • Odisha FC are winless in their last three meetings with the Mariners at the Salt Lake Stadium. They have won only once in their six visits to this stadium.
  • Their recent away record has been worrying too, having been winless in their last four matches on the road and losing twice in a row in their previous couple of encounters.
  • Intriguingly, they have shown a tendency of winning grip over the proceedings from precarious positions in recent times, given that they have won six games from a losing position in ISL 2023-24, the most recent one of them being the first leg of the semi-final against Mohun Bagan Super Giant. 
  • Since the start of 2024, no team has been involved in more sequences of 10+ open play passes in the ISL than Odisha FC (150), showing how seamlessly they have evolved into Lobera’s ideas. Will they be able to march into the summit clash with another professional performance this time around?

Key Players to Watch Out

Manvir Singh (Mohun Bagan Super Giant):

  • With 11 contributions this season, including four goals and seven assists, he is a key player for Mohun Bagan Super Giant. His attacking prowess and ability to create goal-scoring opportunities will be vital in overturning the deficit.
  • He has completed 25 successful dribbles, made 27 key passes, created 34 goal-scoring opportunities, and averaged 30 passes per game at 78% accuracy. He has taken 17 shots on target, winning 87 duels and making 93 recoveries, and will be looking to give a final push to this cracking campaign that he has endured.

Roy Krishna (Odisha FC)

  • As an ISL veteran, Roy Krishna brings experience and goal-scoring ability to Odisha FC. With 13 goals and three assists this season, he poses a significant threat to Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s defense. His performance will be crucial in Odisha FC’s quest for a spot in the final.
  • He has scored 13 goals and notched three assists in 24 appearances this season. The Fijian has completed 19 successful dribbles, making 36 key passes, and creating 39 goal-scoring chances. 73.25% of his shots have been directed on target and Krishna has won 111 duels in addition to registering a goal conversion rate of 38.24% in ISL 2023-24.

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Head-to-Head

Played – 10

Mohun Bagan Super Giant – 4

Odisha FC – 1

Draws – 5

Trivia: Since the start of 2024, Mohun Bagan Super Giant have recorded the best differential between expected goals (19.68) and actual goals scored (29) in the ISL (+9.32 xG value).

Team Talk

“As a team, we have to focus on the entire opposition and not just a single player. I know there are individuals who can win the game for them, but football is football, and we have to look at the whole team,” Mohun Bagan Super Giant head coach Antonio Lopez Habas said in the pre-match press conference.

“When you’re playing in a full capacity in a stadium like this (Salt Lake), it means that you’re playing for something important. It’s a big motivation for me as a coach and also for the players to perform well for the team in such kind of environment,” Odisha FC head coach Sergio Lobera said.

ISL Fantasy

Dimitrios Petratos (10.9cr)

Has bagged 101 ISL fantasy points this season

Roy Krishna (6.9cr)

Has been selected by 25% of ISL fantasy users in their teams

Amey Ranawade (3.8cr)

Has earned 96 ISL fantasy points in 2023-24

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Where to Watch

Fans across the country can catch the action in English, Hindi, Bengali, and Malayalam. Fans can watch the action on linear channels like Sports18 Khel (Hindi), Sports18 1 HD (English), Sports18 3 SD (English, Hindi, Malayalam and Bengali), VH1 SD & HD (English), Surya Movies (Malayalam), News 18 Kerala (Malayalam – select matches) & DD Bangla (Bengali). Fans can also catch the action streaming Live for free on JioCinema, the home of Indian football. In addition to this, as part of FSDL’s partnership with OneFootball, ISL live streams and highlights of all matches of the upcoming 2023-24 season will be delivered across more than 190 countries.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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