After a forgettable season in Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters are set to host NorthEast United at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kaloor Stadium), in Kochi, Kerala. The hosts would be hoping to end their horrible campaign on a high while the Highlanders need to maintain their winning momentum ahead of the Playoffs. Both the teams will face each other for the second time in this season. NorthEast United emerged victorious in that previous encounter at Guwahati by 2-1.
Kerala Blasters will play for their pride and loyal fans when they come out to the pitch at Kaloor Stadium for one last time in this season. The two time ISL runner-ups will finish second from the bottom irrespective of the result in the upcoming match. Nelo Vingada will be rise to this final challenge when he faces his former team in Kochi. Kerala Blasters have to strengthen their backline as they have conceded too many goals in this season.
On the other side, NorthEast United have been in sensational form in this campaign as they have qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In this breakthrough season, the Highlanders have played some beautiful attacking football under Eelco Schattorie. Having drawn their previous match, NorthEast United would be eyeing to end their league stage on a winning note. Team management can also look to rest some of their star players ahead of the playoffs.
Date: Friday, 01 March 2019
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
League: Indian Super League
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar (Website, App)
Recent form (Last six matches)
Kerala Blasters – L D L D W L
NorthEast United – L W L D W D
Head to head
NorthEast United FC Won – 3
Kerala Blasters FC Won – 5
Drawn – 1
NorthEast United FC
- Rowling Borges can be rested in this last league fixture.
- Provat Lakra, Mato Grgic, and Jose Leudo will not feature in this game.
- Pawan Kumar will stand between the sticks for the visitors.
Kerala Blasters FC
- The home team will look to go ahead with the best combination in their last game of this season.
- Zakeer Mundampara has been suspended for this match.
- Dheeraj Singh will be the goalkeeper for Kerala Blasters.
- Matej Poplatnik
- Sahal Samad
- Bartholomew Ogbeche
- Federico Gallego
- Pawan Kumar
Probable Playing 11
Kerala Blasters– Dheeraj Singh (GK), Mohammed Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Lalruatthara, Cyril Kali, Seiminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Courage Pekuson, Slavisa Stojanovic, Matej Poplatnik
NorthEast United– Pawan Kumar (GK), Reagan Singh, Shouvik Ghosh, Gurwinder Singh, Keegan Pereira, Rowllin Borges, Panagiotis Triadis, Juan Mascia, Federico Gallego, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Bartholomew Ogbeche