Kerala Blasters will come up against Bengaluru FC in one of the most highly anticipated matches of the Indian Super League (ISL) in front of their home crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kerala on Monday. Also Read - ISL Final 2019: Sunil Chhetri-Led Bengaluru FC Lifts Maiden Indian Super League Title After Defeating FC Goa 1-0
The two teams have some of the most passionate fans in the league and their constant banter is what makes this a spicy affair. Also Read - ISL Final 2019: Bengaluru FC Edges Past Goa 1-0, Crowned Champions of Indian Super League
Last season, when Bengaluru FC came to Kochi on the eve of New Year, they thumped three goals in what was Rene Meulensteen’s final game in-charge. This was the biggest home defeat for Kerala last year. Also Read - ISL Semifinals 2nd Leg: NorthEast United Aims For Historic Final Berth as Key Test in Sunil Chhetri's Bengaluru Awaits
“Bengaluru FC are one of the best teams in the league. This will be a make or break game for us,” said Kerala Blaster’s assistant coach Hermann Hreiðarsson.
“We go into every game to try and get the three points and tomorrow is no different. We are desperate for a win. We will be out there, trying to achieve that,” he added.
The Kerala technical staff have identified their profligacy upfront as one of the important reasons why they are not able to convert draws into wins. Hreiðarsson said Kerala will make changes in order to keep the squad fresh.
On the other hand, Bengaluru FC look in sublime form with Miku firing on all cylinders. In their previous tie in Kolkata, Carles Cuadrat’s boys conceded in the opening quarter of the game and were struggling to break the host’s defence until Miku produced a moment of brilliance from a set-piece.
A lot would depend on how Sandesh Jhingan copes against the Venezuelan striker.
CK Vineeth will be pumped up ahead of the game as he will come up against his former team. Rino Anto, who switched to Kerala last year, has moved back to Bengaluru FC and will be keen to make a mark as well.
What’s notable about Bengaluru is that apart from their goalscoring exploits, they have been miserly at the back with just three goals conceded.
“It was no easy task to replace John Johnson and Subashish Bose. But, I’m very happy with the way Albert and Nishu (Kumar) have come in and done their job. I am really happy with the intensity they have shown going forward,” said Cuadrat ahead of the clash.
The onus is on the hosts to end their run of four consecutive draws while Bengaluru will want their 100 per cent away record to continue. Knowing how well the two teams have contested in the past, this one is unmissable. (IANS Inputs)
DID YOU KNOW?
1) Miku has scored 3 goals in 2 matches against Kerala.
2) Since last season, Bengaluru have accumulated 27 points in away matches – the most by any team.
3) Kerala took 27 shots on goal in their previous match against Pune – the most by any team in a single match this season.
Here’s all you need to know regarding the Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC fixture at the ISL season five:
When and what time is the Mumbai City vs Pune City Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match?
The Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match is on November 5, at 7:30 PM IST.
Where is Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match being played?
The Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match is being played at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Kerala.
Which channel will telecast the Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match live on TV?
The Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match will be aired live on Star Sports 1/HD and Star Sports 3.
How to watch Live Streaming of Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match online?
The Live Streaming of Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match will be available on Hotstar, Jio TV and Airtel TV.
Kerala Blasters FC: Naveen Kumar (GK), Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Cyril Kali, Mohamad Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan (C), Nikola Krcmarevic, Seiminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Slavisla Stojanovic, Matej Poplatnik, CK Vineeth
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Harmanjot Khabra, Sunil Chhetri (C), Udanta Singh, Miku