Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Preview


KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: Kerala Blasters FC will be looking to get back to winning ways and continue their quest for top spot when they take on bottomless NorthEast United FC in the Hero Indian Super League at Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday. Follow all ISL 2021-22 LIVE updates only on InsideSport.IN

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Wooden Spoons NorthEast United

A resurgent Bengaluru FC ended Kerala’s 10-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory in the last game. It was their second defeat of the season and head coach Ivan Vukomanović would like to believe it was a blow in an otherwise formidable campaign that saw them top the table for the first time since the inception of the league.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: This 10-match unbeaten streak was the longest by any team this season. They have collected 20 points in this series from 5 wins and 5 draws.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Wooden Spoons NorthEast United

Kerala’s defense was one of the key factors in the longest unbeaten streak in their history. They have kept clean sheets in 5 out of 10 matches and conceded only 6 goals in those matches. Kerala have conceded more than one goal in a match only once in their 10 unbeaten run.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: “We have to keep working hard. In the last game we played after a long time but the boys showed a good mentality to fight. The boys have a winning mentality and we want our fans to know whatever the game, we will fight for the logo and for the fans,” Vukomanović said before the game.

“We have to be ready to compete because the league is very difficult and unpredictable. We also cannot want to play in front of our home fans because I think it will give us wings to fly,” he added.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Wooden Spoons NorthEast United

NorthEast United have endured a miserable run so far, slipping to the bottom of the table following SC East Bengal’s 2-2 draw against Chennaiyin FC last night. The Highlanders’ fate was summed up in their last game when they lost 0-5 to league leaders Hyderabad FC, but Jamil said the heavy defeat was now behind them and the team were focused on the next one. match.

“We are concentrating on tomorrow’s game. We do not think of the heavy defeat of the last match. This is the best solution for us,” he said.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: On Deshorn Brown, Jamil said: “He is doing well, hopefully. He trained and he is better now. He will be available for tomorrow’s game.

Brown hasn’t featured in the club’s last four games and that’s one of the main reasons they’ve struggled in front of goal. They also struggled to score in open play without him. All five of their last five open play goals have come from Brown.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Wooden Spoons NorthEast United

NorthEast United will also be working hard on their set piece routines after seeing how many goals the Kerala Blasters conceded in open play recently.
In their last eight games, they have conceded five goals and only one in open play. In total, they have conceded 5 of their 11 goals in open play, the fewest by a team this season. They are also one of only 4 teams to have conceded less than 10 goals in open play in Hero ISL 21-22 so far.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: Brown (11) also needs a goal to tie Bart Ogbeche’s record 12 goals for NEUFC and become their co-leading scorer.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Wooden Spoons NorthEast United

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Kerala Blasters FC: DDWWL

United Northeast: DLLDL

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Wooden Spoons NorthEast United

Face-to-face

Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United have been battling since the inaugural Indian Super League season. They have faced each other a total of 15 league matches and the competitions have been more or less very even over the years. Kerala Blasters have a slight advantage over their opponents as they have won five games against NorthEast United’s four while the other six games have ended in stalemates.

The first leg of the Indian Super League’s current season game ended in a 0-0 draw, underlining how close things have been this season.

Planned starting lineups

Kerala Blasters likely starting XI: Prabshukan Gill, Harmanjot Khabra, Ruivah Hormipan, Marco Leskovic, Nishu Kumar, Sahal Samad, Jeakson Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna, Alvaro Vazquez, Jorge Pereyra Diaz.

NorthEast United likely starting XI: Mirshad Michu, Provat Lakra, Patrick Flottmann, Zakaria Diallo, Tondonba Singh, Mohammed Irshad, Sehnaj Singh, VP Suhair, Marco Sahanek, Imran Khan, Marcelinho

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on Wooden Spoons NorthEast United

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