Kerala Blasters will be taking on NorthEast United as both sides look for their final few hurrahs in what has been an underwhelming season for the two football clubs. The Blasters are currently 8th in the league with 14 points with three more league games in hand, while, the Highlanders are at 9th with 11 points on board after 13 games in the Indian Super League. Both sides are currently on the back of three consecutive defeats and will be eager to bag some points towards the end.
Date- Friday, February 7
Kick-Off- 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue- Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Federico Gallego recently returned from injury but hasn’t made much of an impact. New signings such as Andy Keogh and Simon Lundevall haven’t impressed either for the Blasters. Reagan Singh is undergoing suspension after being sent off in the 1-0 defeat to Mumbai City FC. Nim Dorjee Tamang could be expected to feature at right-back as a result to it.
The backline has been a problem for the Blasters. TP Rahenesh hasn’t look convincing at all between the sticks and has made some errors which have led to goals. Sahal Abdul Samad could be given a nod to come in at midfield. Bartholomew Ogbeche and R.M Bouli should be continuing as the two forwards.
NorthEast United- Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Kai Heerings, Mislav Komorski, Rakesh Pradhan, Jose David Leudo, Lalengmawia, Simon Lundevall, Redeem Tlang, Martin Chaves, Andy Keogh
Kerala Blasters-TP Rehenesh, Mohammad Rakip, Gianni Zuiverloon, Vlatko Drobarov, Jessel Carneiro, Jeakson Singh, Sergio Cidoncha, Halicharan Narzary, Sahal Abdul Samad, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Messi Bouli
Redeem Tlang has two goals and has made 53 tackles from 13 games this season for NorthEast United.
Batholomew Ogbeche scored a hat-trick in the 6-3 defeat to Chennaiyin FC and upped his tally to 11 goals from 13 games this season for Kerala Blasters.
Martin Chaves has two assists and has made 460 passes from 13 games this season for NorthEast United.
R.M.Bouli has also packed a punch in the final third for Kerala Blasters. Bouli has seven goals and an assist from 15 games this season.
Ogbeche and Bouli’s form uptop makes Kerala Blasters the favourites in the upcoming fixture.
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