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ISL 2017/18: Fantasy Tips for Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters

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962   //    01 Mar 2018, 00:33 IST

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Bengaluru FC won the first leg away at KeralaMatch 86 of ISL 2017/18 will Bengaluru FC take on Kerala Blasters in a must-win match for Kerala Blasters in their quest to make the semi-finals. Bengaluru FC is unbeaten in 7 matches and will look to continue the run.

Goalkeepers

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu: The Indian national team goalkeeper had a forgettable start to the campaign getting sent off and subsequently missing the next 2 matches. But since his return Sandhu has proved his quality making crucial saves when required, the tall shot-stopper has kept 2 clean sheets in the last 3 matches.

Defenders

John Johnson: The Middlesbrough academy graduate has excelled in ISL leading Bengaluru FC’s defense. He has been a big reason for Bengaluru’s fine defensive record so far. The 28-year old is dominant aerially which also makes him a threat in the opposition box.

Lalruatthara: Kerala Blasters left-back has enthralled in his first ISL season. The 22-year-old has been impressive both defensively and offensively. The youngster has attempted 75 tackles so far, most by a fullback in ISL 2017/18.

Wes Brown: The English veteran was ignored for Kerala Blasters first few matches but since his introduction to the starting line-up Brown has impressed with his range of passing and organization of the defense, the 38-year old is also a threat in the opposition box as evident by his winner against NorthEast United.

Midfielders

C.K Vineeth: Vineeth missed a couple of decent chances against Chennaiyin FC, but also proved his class striking the woodwork from outside the box. With Kerala Blasters needing a win to stay alive in the race their main man Vineeth will be fired up to produce a big performance.

Dimas Delgado: Dimas Delgado’s pinpoint corner for Chhetri’s 2nd goal helped Bengaluru FC seal the match. The 35-year old attempted 73 passes and created 4 chances the most by a player in the match. The former Barcelona B player has attempted 896 passes at an average of 68.92 passes per match only Ahmed Jahouh has attempted more passes per match in ISL 2017/18. His defensive awareness can be highlighted by the fact that he has made 17 interceptions, the most by a Bengaluru FC player.

Toni Dovale: The Spaniard after being overlooked earlier in the campaign has impressed recently whenever given the chance. He has impressed with his crossing and passing. The 28-year old already has 4 assists to his name and has shown enough to warrant his selection in your team. With Edu Garcia having departed for Chinese side Zhejiang Greentown the onus will be on Dovale to provide the creativity.

Courage Pekuson: Courage missed the penalty in Kerala Blasters draw against Chennaiyin FC but arguably been the best player for Kerala Blasters. The 23-year old has impressed with his energy, versatility and all-around play. The Ghanian has been involved in most of Kerala’s good work going forward assisting 5 goals, the most by a Kerala player. He has also attempted 30 shots so far, the most by a Kerala player.

Forwards

Miku: Miku scored for the second consecutive match helping Bengaluru FC emerge 2-0 against Jamshedpur FC. The former Rayo Vallecano forward has now scored 13 goals which are the 2nd most of ISL 2017/18, the Venezuelan’s class means he must be in your teams.

Sunil Chhetri: Chhetri has scored 10 goals so far and has scored the most goals by an Indian in an ISL campaign. The 33-year old has attempted 37 shots on target, the most by a player in ISL 2017/18. Chhetri will look to score to maintain his form ahead of the semi-finals.

Udanta Singh: The speedy forward is a threat due to his direct running and dribbling ability. He has got into some dangerous positions so far but has failed to provide the finishing touch. He has provided 4 assists so far, the most by a current Bengaluru FC player.

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