Bengaluru FC will look to do the double against Kerala Blasters at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore on Thursday evening.
|Game||Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters|
|Date||Thursday, March 1|
|Time||8:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the ISL. The games will be telecast with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary over their bouquet of television as well as digital platforms.
|India (English) TV channel||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/HD||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Hindi TV channel||Bengali TV channel|
|Star Sports Hindi 1/ HD||Jalsha Movies/HD|
|Malayalam TV channel||Kannada TV channel|
|Asianet Movies/HD||Suvarna Plus/HD|
Suspended: John Johnson, Juanan
Key Players: Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Toni Dovale
Key Players: Gudjon Baldvinsson, CK Vineeth, Wes Brown
Bengaluru FC are through to the knockout stages. They shall certainly finish at the top of the standings at the end of the league stage which only goes on to highlight their dominance. The Blues have defeated each of the participating team in the Indian Super League (ISL) at least once.
They have played seven matches in all competitions in the month of February and coach Albert Roca will look to give some of his players rest ahead of the play-offs. Juanan and John Johnson will be missing as they picked up their fourth yellow cards in the last match. Expect Erik Paartalu and Zohmingmawia Ralte to pair up in the central defence with Harmanjot Khabra and Nishu Kumar being the full-backs.
They have a goal difference of +17 which shows that not only do they have a lot of potency in attack but defensively too, they are quite solid. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been in good form as he produced a fantastic display having made as many as six top saves to deny Jamshedpur FC.
Miku and Sunil Chhetri might want to get some game-time in the second half in order to play catch up with Ferran Corominas in the race for the Golden Boot.
On the other hand, Kerala Blasters shall hope that they can pick three points in order to give themselves an outside chance of making the cut into the top four. They would have to pin their hopes on Jamshedpur FC & FC Goa not amassing 29 points.
The last time these sides met on New Year’s Eve in Kochi, Blasters were second best in almost every department. Sandesh Jhingan had a game to forget as he conceded a penalty and also failed to track Miku who scored a brace.
The Kerala skipper will be motivated to prove a point against Bengaluru as his performance was publicly criticized by former coach Rene Meulensteen. Also, it must be noted that the Indian international didn’t have the best of seasons last year under Roca at Bengaluru and he would be keen to put in a splendid display.
All eyes will be on Chekiyot Vineeth too as the former Bengaluru FC player hasn’t been in good form of late, especially in front of goal. In the last two outings, he has been wasteful and Kerala fans would want the 29-year-old to be at his best.
This could also be the final opportunity for someone like Dimitar Berbatov to make an impression on the Kerala fans.
Will Bengaluru FC once again hand a thrashing to the Blasters or will David James’ side earn the bragging rights at the Kanteerava Stadium?