Odisha FC – ISL 6 Analytical Season Preview

Odisha FC – ISL 6 Analytical Season Preview

Delhi Dynamos FC have shifted their base from Delhi to the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar and therefore come under a new name, Odisha FC. With a bit of their pre-season getting entangled with all the off-the-field issues, it was feared that the team’s preparations might come under a bit of jeopardy. However Josep Gombau’s team has had a good pre-season and will look forward to a good season ahead.


  • Let a few of their good players leave but seem to have signed like-to-like quality replacements
  • They have promoted 4 players from their reserve squad which is also a very positive move



  • Gambau has always opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation when he had Marcos Tebar available
  • Without Tebar, they usually lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formations
  • Owing to Gambau’s Barcelona influence, the team usually keeps possession and build up from the back
  • Can expect to see the centre-backs progressing with the ball as well

Expected lineup (4-2-3-1): Dorronsoro; Shubham Sarangi- Carlos Javier- Rana Gharami- Narayan Das; Bikramjit- Tebar; Nandhakumar- Guedes- Jerry; Aridane


#8. Marcos Tebar(DMF)

  • The Spanish midfielder will lead the side as the captain and will play a key role in midfield
  • Last season he made 13 appearances but his impact was restricted by injuries
  • As the defensive midfielder, he is key not only to breaking down opposition attacks but also was the key initiator when it came to the team’s buildups
  • When it comes to his defensive work, he averaged 46 clearances per 90 and 3 successful tackles per 90
  • At the same time, as the plot graph below displays, his passing accuracy was an incredible 39%
  • This time Gambau would be hoping that his talismanic midfielder stays fit for the entire season and pull the strings from the heart of midfield
                • Marcos Tebar- Key Stats (2018-19 season)

#9. Aridane Santana (CF)

  • The 32-year old striker is on loan from Spanish 3rd tier side, Cultural Leonesa
  • He scored 13 goals from 36 games last season, even featuring in a 1-0 loss against FC Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey
  • The Spaniard is a poacher with the ability to be at the right place in the box at the right time
  • Out of 12 goals we sampled, all of them were first time instinctive finishes inside the box
  • Also links up well with his teammates, with first time flick-ons and through balls

                                                                    Aridane Goals Data


#17. Jerry Mawhmingthanga (LW)

  • Odisha FC had to let go off one of their most talented youngsters Lallianzuala Chhangte as he left for Chennaiyin FC
  • However they managed to secure the signing of Jerry from Jamshedpur FC- a player who has had a similar impact for his club like Chhangte
  • Jerry made a total of 28 appearances for Jamshedpur FC across two seasons clocking 2006 minutes of playing time
  • Although he just has 1 goal and 4 assists to his name in the ISL, as seen in the SportsKPI comparison graph below, he offers very similar skill sets to Chhangte
  • However he would be looking at improving his shot accuracy and finishing, as he only has a shot accuracy of 23.33% in the last two seasons compared to Chhangte’s shot accuracy of 46.55%

                                     Jerry vs Chhangte (Overall Senior Career Club Statistics)


 Playoff Possibility: Unlikely

  • Yet again might just fall short of a playoff position especially due to a fairly inexperienced defense line


Article by our Senior Football Analyst – Mishal Thanveer