Football - ISL - November 23, 2019

ISL 2019/20: Bengaluru FC hosts Kerala Blasters FC at Sree Kanteerava – Preview

Bengaluru FC Kerala Blasters

The Hero ISL returns after the international break and there is a big-ticket clash between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters to look forward to. The South Indian rivals will look to make the most of a charged atmosphere in front of expectant supporters at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday.

Bengaluru and Kerala find themselves in the middle of the pack with the hosts in the fifth position with six points from four games. And the Kochi-based side is seventh with four points. Though Bengaluru is one of only three sides to remain undefeated in the ISL so far. But, they have only one win to their name. It came against another arch-rival, Chennaiyin FC, just before the international break.

Bengaluru FC, Kerala Blasters renew rivalry as ISL resumes

Kerala Blasters FC after their game against Odisha FC. [Photo Courtesy: ISL Media]

Match Details

When and where:

  • Venue – Sree Kanteerava
  • Time – 7:30 PM IST, Saturday
  • Telecast – Star Sports Network
  • Live Stream – Hotstar and Jio TV

Team News:

The Blues’ defence, led by Juanan, has looked strong and they have conceded just one goal in four games – that too a penalty. There is a slight issue though for Cuadrat, given that Rahul Bheke is nursing a niggle he picked up during India’s World Cup qualifier against Oman earlier this week.

Injuries to key personnel like Mario Arques, Raphael Messi Bouli and Jairo Rodrigues have not helped Kerala Blasters’s cause.

Opta Stats:

Bengaluru FC has kept a 75% win ratio against Kerala Blasters in the four clashes these two sides have played. Kerala Blasters has managed to draw one match and lose the rest of three to the Bengaluru-based side. Chhetri and Miku have the joint-most number of goals when the two sides have gone head-to-head with 3 goals each.

Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC, what to expect?

It is always a spectacle when Bengaluru and Kerala lock horns. Can both sides rise to the occasion in front of what is set to be a packed stadium? This match will surely set the evening on fire at Bengaluru.

Possible Playing XIs:

Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Rahul Bheke, Juanan Gonzalez, Nishu Kumar, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Raphael Augusto, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri

Kerala Blasters FC: TP Rehenesh, Mohammad Rakip, Abdul Hakku, Raju Gaikwad, Jessel Carneiro, Mario Arques, Mouhamadou Gning, Sergio Cidoncha, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Rahul KP, Bartholomew Ogbeche

Prediction:

Bengaluru FC 2 – 1 Kerala Blasters

 

(ISL media inputs)

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