ISL Match Prediction East Bengal FC vs. Odisha FC, Dec 22

Odisha FC might have a slight edge in this match, but East Bengal is also in good form.

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Match Details 

Teams: East Bengal FC vs. Odisha FC

Stadium: Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium, Salt Lake City, Kolkata

SeriesIndia Super League (ISL)

Hours of play: 17:30

Match day: Friday, December 22, 2023

Probable Starting 11

East Bengal FC

Cleiton Augusto Oliveira Silva, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Vishnu PV, Mandar Rao Desai, Souvik Chakraborty, Saúl Crespo Prieto, Nishu Kumar Tashni, Hijazi Maher Saleh Abu Saeed, Lalchungnunga Lalchungnunga, Borja Herrera, Prabhushkan Singh Gill

East Bengal FC - 2022 2023 Season

Odisha FC

Roy Krishna, Pranjal Bhumij, Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh, K Lalthathanga, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Carlos Javier Delgado Rodríguez, Mourtada Serigne Fall, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Amey Ranawade, Amrinder Singh

Odisha FC India

Teams Head to Head: Recent Matches 

DateTeam 1ScoreTeam 2
Apr 9, 2023Odisha FC1-1East Bengal
Jan 7, 2023Odisha FC3-1East Bengal
Nov 18, 2022East Bengal2-4Odisha FC
Feb 7, 2022East Bengal1-2Odisha FC
Nov 30, 2021Odisha FC6-4East Bengal
Feb 27, 2021Odisha FC6-5East Bengal
Jan 3, 2021East Bengal3-1Odisha FC

Teams Recent Performance 

Last 5 Games of East Bengal

DateLeagueTeam 1ScoreTeam 2
18/11/23CPDBhawaniporeCANCEast Bengal
25/11/23ISLChennaiyin1 – 1East Bengal
04/12/23ISLEast Bengal5 – 0NorthEast United
09/12/23ISLEast Bengal0 – 0Punjab
16/12/23ISLMumbai City0 – 0East Bengal

Last 5 Games of Odisha

DateLeagueTeam 1ScoreTeam 2
27/11/23AFCMohun Bagan2 – 5Odisha
01/12/23ISLJamshedpur0 – 1Odisha
06/12/23ISLMohun Bagan2 – 2Odisha
11/12/23AFCOdisha1 – 0Bashundhara Kings
17/12/23ISLOdisha3 – 0Hyderabad

Topscorers Statistics in ISL 2023/2024

East Bengal FC

PlayerGoalsPenalty Goals
Cleiton Silva51
M. Naorem20
N. Sekar20
Borja Herrera10

Odisha FC

PlayerGoalsPenalty Goals
R. Krishna41
M. Fall30
Diego Maurício30
A. Jahouh21
J. Mawihmingthanga20

East Bengal FC vs. Odisha FC: Winning Prediction

Current Form

Odisha FC recently secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Hyderabad FC in their last league match, extending their unbeaten streak to five games (W4 D1 L0). This places them in fourth position with 17 points from nine matches, just three points behind the league leaders, FC Goa.

On the other hand, East Bengal FC currently holds the seventh position with 10 points from nine matches. In their last ISL match at Mumbai Football Arena against Mumbai City FC, they played to a 0-0 draw, maintaining their unbeaten streak at four games (W1 D3 L0).

Head to Head

The last encounter between these two teams in the Indian Super League saw Odisha FC emerge victorious with a 3-1 scoreline at Kalinga Stadium last season. Diego Maurício led Odisha with two goals, while Nandhakumar Sekar also found the net. Cleiton Silva scored the lone goal for East Bengal in the 10th minute.

Odisha has had the upper hand in recent encounters, winning the last five matchups since February 2021 and outscoring East Bengal 21-13 during this winning streak.

Players’ Perfomance

Odisha’s Roy Krishna has been a significant threat, scoring four times, including two match-opening goals, placing him fourth in the league’s scoring charts for the 2023/2024 season. Meanwhile, Silva has been influential for East Bengal, being their top scorer with five goals, tied for the second-highest in the competition.

At home, East Bengal has secured eight points (W2 D2 L2) in six ISL contests this season. In away matches, Odisha has recorded one win, one draw, and two losses at venues other than Kalinga Stadium.


This will be a wery competitive match. While Odisha FC has historically dominated, East Bengal FC’s recent form and home advantage give them a fighting chance. It will likely be a close game decided by fine margins. Here’s my take:

  • If East Bengal FC can tighten their defense and control the midfield, they can win it 1-0 or 2-1. The home crowd will be a factor, and their attacking players like Cuadrat and Maghoma could be the difference.
  • If Odisha FC capitalizes on their counter-attacking strengths and Saul Crespo finds his magic touch, they can snatch a 1-0 or 2-1 victory. Their defensive solidity remains their strongest asset.

India Super League (ISL) Table on 20/12/2023

Kerala Blasters106221410420
Mohun Bagan76101771019
Mumbai City8440136716
East Bengal9243118310
NorthEast United102441116-510

* MP – Matches Played; W – Wins; D – Draws; L – Losses; F – Goals For (the number of goals the team has scored); A – Goals Against (the number of goals the team has conceded); D – Goals Difference (Goals scored – Goals conceded); P – Points.

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Report About Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium 

The Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), commonly known as the Salt Lake Stadium, is an all-seater multi-purpose stadium located in Salt Lake City, Kolkata. It is named after Swami Vivekananda, a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.

Key Facts about the Stadium:

  • History: The stadium was established in 1984 to address the need for a larger venue, as the Maidan area club grounds with capacities of around 20,000 were proving too small for the significant crowds on matchdays. It was inaugurated by Sri Jyoti Basu, Chief Minister, Govt. of West Bengal, on January 25, 1984.
  • Capacity: The stadium currently has a capacity of 68,000 spectators. Prior to renovations in 2011, it had a seating capacity of 120,000. For the 2017 U-17 World Cup, security measures limited the stadium to 66,687 viewers.
  • Record Attendance: The stadium’s record attendance was set in 1997 when 134,000 spectators watched the Federation Cup semifinal between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.
  • Surface: The stadium switched back to natural grass from artificial turf as part of the preparations for hosting the U-17 World Cup.
  • Tenants: The stadium serves as the home ground for multiple football clubs, most notably Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and Mohammedan.
  • Events: The stadium hosted the final match of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, along with other matches of the tournament.
  • Location: The stadium is situated at Bidhannagar, Kolkata.
  • Architects: The stadium was designed by M. S. Ballardie, Thompson & Matthews Pvt. Ltd., and H. K. Sen & Associates.

About Indian Super League (ISL)

The Indian Super League (ISL) is the men’s highest level of the Indian football league system. It was founded on 21 October 2013 with the aim of growing the sport of football in India and increasing its exposure in the country. The league is co-promoted by Reliance, Star India, and supported by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The ISL began play in October 2014 with eight teams. During its first three seasons, the competition operated without official recognition from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which is the governing body for the sport in Asia. It was structured along the same lines as the Indian Premier League, the country’s premier Twenty20 franchise-based cricket competition. Each season lasted just three months, from October to December, and matches were held daily.

However, before the 2017–18 season, the league expanded to ten teams, extended its schedule to six months, and earned recognition from the AFC. The season runs from September to March and includes a 22-round regular season followed by playoffs involving the top six teams, culminating with the ISL Final to determine the champions. At the end of the regular season, the team with the most points is declared the premiers and presented with the League Winners’ Shield.

Currently, the league comprises 12 clubs. ISL clubs gain qualification to the Asian continental club competitions; regular-season premiers qualify directly for the subsequent season’s AFC Cup group stage. The league has received unmatched visibility in a short span of time and is speculated to be one of the top-tier leagues in India after the I-League.

Rudra Chanda