Jamshedpur FC takes on Kerala Blasters FC in the first leg of the first semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday, 11th March.
Both teams will be aiming to gain an early advantage ahead of the second leg of the ‘Semi-Final 1’ of the 2021-22 Indian Super League season, which is scheduled to take place at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Tuesday. Jamshedpur will face Kerala Blasters in the first leg of the ‘Semi-Final 1’ of the 2021-22 Indian Super League season on Friday at the Fatorda Stadium.
Jamshedpur has been outstanding throughout the season and was well-deserving of the ISL League Winners’ Shield, which was awarded to them on Monday. During the league stage, the Red Miners won thirteen of their twenty games and finished with 43 points, five more than their closest opponents, the Hyderabad.
While Jamshedpur will be making their debut appearance in the semi-finals, Kerala Blasters has finally made it to this point after more than five years of trying to reach this stage. The Tuskers ended the season in fourth place in the league, having accumulated 34 points from 20 games throughout the season.
The degree of confidence in the Jamshedpur camp hardly is greater ahead of this crucial encounter, given the fact that they have won all seven of their previous games. Owen Coyle’s men are coming off a 1-0 win against ATK Mohun Bagan, which gave the club its first-ever trophy in the club’s very illustrious history.
Prior to their match against the Mariners, the Red Miners beat Odisha and Hyderabad by convincing scores of 5-1 and 3-0, respectively. Daniel Chima Chukwu, a Nigerian striker, was responsible for three of the eight goals.
The Kerala Blasters’ players will also be confident heading into this game, as they have gone undefeated in their previous three games after a loss to Hyderabad. After a dramatic 4-4 draw against Goa in their last encounter, Ivan Vukomanovic’s squad is back on track.
The Tuskers won 3-1 against the defending champions Mumbai City in the game before meeting the Islanders and then won 3-0 against Chennaiyin in the game before facing the Islanders. After scoring 10 goals in their past three matches, Kerala Blasters’ attackers will be on the lookout for Jamshedpur’s defence, and they will need to bring their A-game to the table.
In terms of head-to-head records, Jamshedpur has a slight advantage over Kerala Blasters, having won three of the 10 games between the two teams. There has only been a single victory for the Tuskers, although there have been as many as six games that have ended in a draw, which is fascinating.
One such deadlock occurred in the opening leg of the league phase when both teams settled for a point in a 1-1 draw, with Sahal Abdul Samad and Greg Stewart scoring goals for their respective sides. The Red Miners, on the other hand, exploded on the scene in the second match, winning 3-0. Stewart scored a brace for Coyle’s squad, with Chukwu netting the other goal in the process.
JFC vs KBFC, ISL 2021/22, Semifinal 1, Leg 1
Date: 11th March 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Fatorda Stadium
Jamshedpur FC: W-W-W-W-W
Kerala Blasters: D-L-W-W-D
Jamshedpur wins: 3
Kerala Blasters wins: 1
Coyle is set to make a handful of changes to the starting XI that defeated ATK Mohun Bagan 1-0 on Saturday, with one of those alterations believed to be a forced change due to injury. Boris Singh Thangjam may not be able to play in this match after suffering an injury in the last encounter against the Mariners.
In the event that he fails to make the cut, Seimenlen Doungel will most likely be stationed on the right flank. Apart from that, Mobashir Rahman is expected to be reinstated in the centre of the park after completing his two-match ban, with Jitendra Singh set to take place for him.
After a four-all draw against Goa, Vukomanovic is anticipated to make four changes to his squad, with all of the major stars expected to return after receiving some well-deserved rest. Ruivah Hormipam might replace Enes Sipovic on the backline if the situation calls for it.
Despite his excellent performance against the Gaurs, Chenco Gyeltshen seems destined to be replaced by Adrian Luna, while Givson Singh might be replaced by Puitea. Jorge Pereyra Diaz is expected to return to the starting lineup alongside Alvaro Vazquez, with Rahul KP set to make way for the Spaniard.
Predicted Starting Lineups
Jamshedpur (4-2-3-1): TP Rehenesh; Laldinliana Renthlei, Eli Sabia, Peter Hartley, Ricky Lallawmawma; Pronay Halder, Mobashir Rahman; Seimenlen Doungel, Greg Stewart, Ritwik Das; Daniel Chima Chukwu.
Kerala Blasters (4-4-2): Prabhsukhan Gill; Sandeep Singh, Ruivah Hormipam, Marko Leskovic, Sanjeev Stalin; Sahal Abdul Samad, Ayush Adhikari, Puitea, Adrian Luna; Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Alvaro Vazquez.
It is expected that Jamshedpur will have an advantage in terms of momentum, and the head-to-head statistics are also in their favour. Though the game is expected to be really close, both teams would be expected to score in the match.
Overall, there should be more than a couple of goals in this fixture, as per the recent record. The Red Miners are expected to win 2-1, as predicted by us, based on what has transpired in recent history, though the game is never won on paper or on the basis of stats.
Score Prediction- JFC 2-1 KBFC