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Kerala Blasters FC vs East Bengal FC ISL 2023-24: KBFC vs EBFC, Predicted Lineups, Preview, Standing, Teams News, Match Prediction and more

Kerala Blasters need three points to qualify for play-offs.

Kerala Blasters FC vs East Bengal FC, Two Football Players
Kerala Blasters FC vs East Bengal FC

Kerala Blasters FC vs East Bengal FC : After the break, Kerala Blasters are going to play their first match against East Bengal FC in Kochi. Kerala is looking forward to this high voltage competition. This match will be played on April 3, 2024 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at 07:30 pm (IST).

Preview

Kerala Blasters has been an underrated team but the team has the highest fan base in the South compared to all the teams. In the last few matches, we have faced defeat in many matches while playing at home.

The team played its last match at home in Jamshedpur. This match was quite interesting because one goal was scored from both the teams, in which Dimitrios Diamantakos from Kerala Blasters gave the lead by scoring a goal in the 23rd minute of the first half.

In reply, Jamshedpur FC’s Javier Siverio equalized the score by scoring a goal in the 45th minute of the first half. Jamshedpur showed complete dominance at home and maintained 59% possession in the game.

East Bengal FC had played its last match at home against Mohun Bagan, who had qualified for the play-offs. In this match, Saul Crespo scored a goal for East Bengal in the 53rd minute.

But Mohun Bagan scored three goals in the first half, in which Jason Cummings scored in the 27’th minute, Liston Colaco in the 36’th minute, and Dimitri Petratos scored in the 48th minute, giving the team important 3 points.

ISL 2023-24 Standings

In the current season of the Indian Super League (ISL), East Bengal FC is ranked 11th. In the last 2022-23 season, it was also the bottom team in which the team finished the group competition at 9th position. This season the team has played a total of 19 matches in which it has obtained 18 points. The team has registered a total of 11 wins while playing 9 losses and 6 drawn matches.

It is Kerala Blaster FC which is at fifth position in the points table. The team has played 19 matches so far in which it has scored 30 points. The team has registered a total of 9 wins while losing 7 and playing 3 drawn matches.

Just above them is FC Goa, which has qualified for the play-offs by scoring 36 points in 19 matches and remains in fourth place.

What is at stake for both teams?

Kerala Blasters FC: Kerala Blasters played their last match against East Bengal in Matchweek 6 of this season at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium, in which Kerala Blasters won the match 1-2.

If we win today’s match against East Bengal, we will be the fifth team to qualify for the play-offs in this season of ISL. However, Ivan Vukomanovic’s team is struggling to make the last six of the ISL this season.

The fans of Kerala Blasters are angry and upset because the team has seen a decline in its performance in this second half of the ISL. In the last seven matches of Kerala Blasters, there has been only one win, out of which they have lost 5 matches while one draw was played against Jamshedpur in their last match. If the team has to secure a place in the play-offs, it will have to win all the remaining matches.

East Bengal FC: East Bengal still has a chance to make it to the playoffs but they will have to win all the other matches and each match will be a step towards the final for them.

In the first half of this season, when they were bigger than Kerala Blasters, they lost at home. The team has a chance to level the scores because many players of Blasters are injured and suffering from injuries.

Carles Cuadrat will have to instill confidence in his team to win and prepare a defensive strategy against Kerala Blasters and fight for victory every moment. If we look at the record of the team’s last 7 matches, only two have been won while 5 have been lost.

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Team News

Kerala Blasters still have injured players, mainly Adrian Luna and Sachin Suresh are still injured and along with them is Milos Drinsic who plays as a defender in the team, he has also been dropped from the playing 11.

However, all eyes will be on Dimitrios Diamantakos in the team to see how the game looks against East Bengal. Dimitrios has played 16 matches this season, scoring 13 goals and making 3 important assists for the team, playing as the team’s leading scorer with a passing accuracy of 72%.

On the other hand, Nand Kumar Shekar has also been ruled out of this ISL season from the camp of East Bengal. This has been confirmed by the team management. In this season of ISL, he has scored a total of 5 goals for the team and also 3 goals. Has also made assists and was an important player for the team.

Oliveira Silva can play an important role against Kerala Blasters, this Brazilian player has scored 7 goals for the team this season and has also given 2 assists for the team.

Match Prediction

A tough competition can be seen between the two teams. However, Kerala Blasters will have the support of their fans in their home game, even though the team had played their last match in a draw. East Bengal is going to try hard to win every match to make it to the play-offs.

Kerala Blasters FC 2-1 East Bengal FC

KBFC vs EBFC Predicted Lineups

Kerala Blasters

Goalkeeper: Karanjit Singh
Defenders: Naocha Singh, Marko Lešković, Sandeep Singh, Ishan Pandita
Midfielders: Fedor Černych, Saurav Mandal
Midfield Attackers: Mohammed Azhar, Danish Farooq, Rahul KP
Forwards: Dimitrios Diamantakos

East Bengal FC

Goalkeeper: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill
Defenders: Lalchungnunga, Aleksandar Pantić, Hijazi Maher, Nishu Kumar
Midfielders: Souvik Chakrabarti, Ajay Chhetri, Saúl Crespo, Naorem Mahesh Singh
Forwards: Felicio Brown Forbes, Cleiton Silva

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