Bengaluru FC’s ‘Fortress’ has been breached not once but twice so far in the Indian Super League (ISL) so much so that this is the first time that the club has lost back-to-back home matches.
However, going by this season’s performance, only Kerala Blasters fans can hail their home ground as a ‘Fortress’. In fact, they are the only team in the ISL who haven’t yet suffered a defeat in their own backyard.
In their four matches, two have ended in a 0-0 score-line while the home fixture against Mumbai City FC resulted in a 1-1 draw. The Yellow brigade found their feet in their last home game when NorthEast United visited Kochi and suffered a 1-0 loss.
In over 360 minutes of football, the Blasters have only leaked in a single goal which was scored by Balwant Singh.
Meanwhile, Sunil Chhetri and his comrades do not come into the game on New Year's Eve in the best of form having been restricted to not scoring in their last game against Jamshedpur FC.
Can Bengaluru FC become the first team in the ISL to defeat Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium? They haven't suffered a defeat on home soil since the 1-0 loss to ATK when Javi Lara's long-range effort nestled into the back of the net. Although they did lose to ATK in the ISL final last year in Kochi, the score at the end of 120 minutes was 1-1, only to go down in penalties thereafter.