ISL 2019-20: NorthEast United v Kerala Blasters match prediction, preview and where to watch
Guwahati will get ready to welcome back a former favourite, as Eelco Schattorie takes his Kerala Blasters side to Assam to face NorthEast United in a clash of two teams in woeful ISL form, and both pretty much certain to miss out on the playoffs.
NorthEast have lost four on the bounce, while Kerala have lost their last three games, so you would think something has to give in this one, but neither Robert Jarni nor Schattorie seem to be able to find a combination that could deliver their side.
Kerala were given a home spanking in their last game, as Chennaiyin FC ran amok to win 6-3, as the Blasters were awful defensively, with schoolboy errors in the defence not helping at all.
NorthEast, meanwhile, can't buy a goal from anywhere, they have no wins since November, and that has led to discontent among the fans as well, with the Highlander Brigade set to boycott the game in Guwahati.
NorthEast United v Kerala Blasters: Match Information
Date: 7th February 2019
Kickoff: 7:30 pm IST
Live Stream: Star Sports Network and Hotstar
Venue: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
NorthEast United v Kerala Blasters: Team News
How does Jarni somehow get his side scoring goals? Federico Gallego's comeback from injury has been expectedly slow, with the Uruguayan not able to get to the heights of last season's form. New signings Andy Keogh and Simon Lundevall have not exactly hit the ground running either.
Reagan Singh is suspended after the red card he picked up in NorthEast's last game - a 1-0 loss to Mumbai City FC. Nim Dorjee Tamang is expected to take his place at right-back.
For the Blasters, the defence is a massive concern, with TP Rehenesh's errors not helping them either. There could be a switch in midfield, with Sahal Abdul Samad possibly getting a look-in, in what has been a disappointing season for the metronomic midfielder.
NorthEast United v Kerala Blasters: Probable Lineups
NorthEast United: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Kai Heerings, Mislav Komorski, Rakesh Pradhan, Jose David Leudo, Lalengmawia, Simon Lundevall, Redeem Tlang, Martin Chaves, Andy Keogh
Kerala Blasters: TP Rehenesh, Mohammad Rakip, Gianni Zuiverloon, Vlatko Drobarov, Jessel Carneiro, Jeakson Singh, Sergio Cidoncha, Halicharan Narzary, Sahal Abdul Samad, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Messi Bouli
NorthEast United v Kerala Blasters: ISL Form Guide
NorthEast United: L-L-L-L-D
Kerala Blasters: L-L-L-W-W
NorthEast United v Kerala Blasters Head-to-Head
In 11 previous meetings between the two sides, Kerala hold the upper hand with five wins against the Highlanders.
In the reverse fixture in Kochi, the two sides drew 1-1, in Schattorie's first game against his old team.
NorthEast United wins: 3
Kerala Blasters wins: 5
NorthEast United v Kerala Blasters Prediction
Kerala are scoring goals, even if they are losing games. NorthEast have largely drawn blanks recently, and haven't been able to stop leaking goals. The Blasters enter this game as clear favourites, but with both sides being so consistently inconsistent, it is hard to predict this one.
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