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KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

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KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: Kerala Blasters FC will look to get back to winning ways and continue their push for a top spot when they take on rock-bottom NorthEast United FC in the Hero Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday. Follow all the ISL 2021-22 LIVE Updates only on InsideSport.IN

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

A resurgent Bengaluru FC ended Kerala’s 10-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win in the last match. It was their second defeat of the season and head coach Ivan Vukomanović would like to believe that it was a blip in an otherwise terrific campaign that saw them move to the top of the table for the first time since the inception of the league.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: That 10-match unbeaten run was the longest by a team this season. They picked up 20 points in that run from 5 wins and 5 draws.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

Kerala’s defence has been one of the key factors behind the longest unbeaten run in their history. They kept clean sheets in 5 of the 10 matches and conceded only 6 goals in those matches. Kerala conceded more than 1 goal in a game only once in their 10 games unbeaten run.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: “We have to continue working hard. In the last match, we played after a long time but the boys showed a good mentality to fight. The boys have a winners’ mentality and we want our fans to know whatever game it is, we will fight for the logo and for the fans,” Vukomanović said before the game.

“We have to be ready to compete as the league is very hard and unpredictable. We also can’t want to play in front of our home fans as I believe that will give us wings to fly,” he added.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

NorthEast United have endured a wretched run so far, slipping to the foot of the table after SC East Bengal’s 2-2 draw against Chennaiyin FC last night. The Highlanders’ plight was summed up in their last game where they lost 0-5 to league leaders Hyderabad FC, but Jamil said the heavy defeat is behind them now and the team is focusing on the next game.

“We are focusing on tomorrow’s game. We are not thinking about the heavy defeat in the last game. This is the best solution for us,” he said.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: On Deshorn Brown, Jamil said: “He is fine hopefully. He practised and he is better now. He will be available for tomorrow’s game.”

Brown has not featured in the last four matches for the club and that is one of the primary reasons why they have struggled in front of goal. They have also struggled to score in open play without him. All five of their last five open play goals have been scored by Brown.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

NorthEast United will be working hard on their set-piece routines as well after seeing the number of goals conceded by Kerala Blasters in open play recently.
In their last eight games, they have conceded five goals and only one has been from open play. In total, they have conceded 5 of their 11 goals from open play, the fewest by a team this season. They are also one of only 4 teams to have conceded less than 10 goals from open play in Hero ISL 21-22 so far.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United Live: Brown (11) also needs one goal to equal Bart Ogbeche’s record of 12 goals for NEUFC and become their joint top-scorer.

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United
KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

Form

Kerala Blasters FC: DDWWL

NorthEast United: DLLDL

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

Head to head

Kerala Blasters and NorthEast United have been battling it out since the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. They have faced each other a total of 15 matches in the league and it has been more or less very even contests over the years. Kerala Blasters have a slight edge over their opponents as they have won five matches to NorthEast United’s four while the other six matches have ended in stalemates.

The first leg of the fixture in the current Indian Super League season ended in a 0-0 draw highlighting how close things have been this season.

Predicted Starting Lineups

Kerala Blasters Probable Starting XI: Prabshukan Gill, Harmanjot Khabra, Ruivah Hormipan, Marco Leskovic, Nishu Kumar, Sahal Samad, Jeakson Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Adrian Luna, Alvaro Vazquez, Jorge Pereyra Diaz.

NorthEast United Probable Starting XI: Mirshad Michu, Provat Lakra, Patrick Flottmann, Zakaria Diallo, Tondonba Singh, Mohammed Irshad, Sehnaj Singh, VP Suhair, Marco Sahanek, Imran Khan, Marcelinho

KBFC vs NEU: Kerala Blasters aim to get back to winning ways as they take on wooden spooners NorthEast United

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