Former ISL champions Kerala Blasters will be anxious to go back into action and continue their magical run when they take on a resurgent Bengaluru FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on Sunday at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in New Delhi. Kerala’s last match took place on January 12, when they defeated Odisha FC 2-0 before their following two games were postponed. The men in yellow are riding a 10-game winning streak and have amassed 20 points from 11 games, placing them third in the league standings.
It will take a win for the Blasters to equal the number of points currently held by current league leaders Hyderabad FC, who have a better goal differential. However, Ivan Vukomanovic’s side has the advantage of having two games in hand on Hyderabad and one game in hand on second-placed Jamshedpur FC.
Details About The Game, With Both Teams Focused On A Win
With a seven-match undefeated streak, Bengaluru has risen to the top of the table. Their improvement in the attack has been a major factor in that rise. They defeated Chennaiyin 3-0 in their most recent encounter. They had scored three or more goals in each of their previous seven games, and this was the fourth time in that span.
In addition, the Blues have been producing more opportunities of late. It has happened six times in the previous seven games when they have produced ten or more opportunities.
Sunil Chhetri’s return to form has also come into conflict with Bengaluru’s undefeated run of four games in a row. After making no goal contributions in his first 11 appearances, Chhetri has rediscovered his scoring touch, scoring two goals in his previous two outings.
The likes of Udanta Singh have also regained their scoring touch after a couple of disappointing seasons. The teenage attacker scored a brace in Bengaluru’s victory against Chennaiyin and has been involved in four goals so far this season, which represents a significant improvement over his previous season’s efforts.
KBFC vs BFC, Date & Time
Date: 30th January 2022
Time: 7:30pm IST
Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa, India.
Kerala Blasters FC: W-W-D-D-W
Bengaluru FC: W-D-W-D-W
So far in the competition, Kerala Blasters FC has scored a tally of eighteen goals and they have been scoring at times for fun. On the other hand, only 10 goals have been let in by the Tuskers, with a GD of +8.
The away team, Bengaluru FC, has scored a total of twenty-three goals so far this term. They have been prolific in front of the goal and have converted their chances. They have, on the other hand, surrendered nineteen goals thus far.
KBFC vs BFC ISL 2021-22 Head-to-Head:
Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC have met a total of nine times in the Indian Super League. Bengaluru FC has the upper hand since they have consistently been the superior team in these encounters over the years. There have been five victories for the Blues, compared to just two victories for the Kerala Blasters, with the other two matches ending in stalemates.
The first leg of this season’s meeting ended in a 1-1 draw, with both teams having the opportunity to win the game in the last minutes. Ahsique Kuruniyan had a peculiar night, as he not only scored the lone goal for the Blues, but he also committed an unlucky own goal to restore parity for the Kerala Blasters in the second half.
Matches played – 9
Kerala Blasters FC wins – 2
Bengaluru FC wins– 5
Draws – 2
The last game between the two teams in November ended in a 1-1 draw, with both teams taking home a share of the spoils. However, in the game prior to that, Kerala won 2-1 at home. So, the last year belonged to the hosts, who will now want to carry the advantage and momentum forward in their epic rivalry that is building against this fierce competitor. Despite that, it will not be easy, as the visitors are keen on a top-four finish as well.
Kerala Blasters FC: Prabhsukhan Singh (goalkeeper); Harmanjot Khabra, Ruivah Hormipam, Enes Sipovic, Nishu Kumar; Sahal Samad, Jeakson Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna; Alvaro Vazquez, JP Diaz
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (goalkeeper); Parag Shrivas, Pratik Chaudhari, Wungngayam Muirang, Naorem Roshan Singh; Iman Basafa, Bruno Silva, Suresh Singh Wangjam; Udanta Singh, Prince Ibara, Sunil Chhetri
KBFC vs BFC ISL 2021-22 Predictions:
In their previous match, the Kerala Blasters defeated Odisha 2-0. They will be looking to build on that triumph in this one. After losing to ATK Mohun Bagan on the opening day of the season, Kerala extended their undefeated streak to nine games.
In their next match, they will play a Bengaluru team that is coming off of a 1-1 draw against rivals Goa, followed by the clash against Chennaiyin in midweek. A draw seems to be the most likely outcome in this encounter between two equally matched teams.
Kerala Blasters 2-2 Bengaluru FC
This could be a game that may end in a stalemate, as both teams are really keen on ensuring that they don’t lose. Both teams will want to take back something home, in a fixture that has produced some great matches over the last few seasons. This makes 2-2 the ideal score in the game between the Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC.