Match 18 of the Indian Soccer League will see Kerala line up against Orissa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi tonight. Both teams are desperate for points in a bid to stay in the race for the playoff berths.

Eelco Schattorie’s side started the season brilliantly by defeating Kolkata 2-1 in the season opener. But it has been a downhill ride since then with two back to back defeats against Mumbai & Hyderabad. They are back home in familiar territory & the support will be amazing as always. While Sandesh Jhingan was ruled out for the season, Gianni Zuiverloon & Mario Arques are likely to miss out tonight.

Josep Gombau will be a happy man. After losing out narrowly in both opening games, Orissa finally made a bold statement by thrashing Mumbai in their own backyard. And they will be looking to carry that positivity forward by doing the same tonight. Orissa have a fully fit squad to choose their lineup from. And Carlos Delgado who missed against Mumbai is back after the suspension.

Predicted Line-ups –

Kerala: TP Rehenesh, Mohamad Rakip, Jairo Rodrigues, Raju Gaikwad, Mouhamadou Gning, Jessel Carneiro, Rahul KP, Sergio Cidoncha, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Sahal Abdul Samad, Bartholomew Ogbeche

OrissaFrancisco Dorronsoro, Narayan Das, Shubham Sarangi, Rana Gharami, Carlos Delgado, Vinit Rai, Marcos Tebar, Xisco Hernandez, Nandakumar Sekar, Aridane Santana, Jerry Mawhmingthanga

 SportsGuru Prediction –

Orissa seems threatening & the chemistry of their attack might prove to be too much for the Kerala defense to handle. We predict a 0-2 victory for the visitors.