Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters will reignite their rivalry when they meet in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) at the Sree Kanteerava stadium, Bengaluru, on Wednesday.
|Game||Bengaluru FC v Kerala Blasters|
|Date||Wednesday, February 6|
|Time||7:30 PM IST|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the ISL. The games will be shown with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary over their bouquet of television as well as digital platforms.
|India TV channels||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/HD, Star Sports 1/HD||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Malayalam TV channel||Tamil TV channel|
|Asianet Movies||Star Sports Tamil|
Bengaluru FC possible XI:
Injured - Nishu Kumar
Doubtful - None
Suspended - None
Key Players - Sunil Chhetri, Miku, Dimas Delgado, Gurpreet Singh
Kerala Blasters possible XI:
Injured - Anas Edathodika
Doubtful - None
Suspended - Lalruatthara
Key Players - Sandesh Jhingan, Sahal Abdul Samad, Matej Poplatnik
Bengaluru FC, the current leaders in the regular season, with 30 points from 13 games, have recovered from their first defeat of the season to move back to the top. They were beaten, for the first time this season, by Mumbai City FC by a solitary goal before they edged past NorthEast United 2-1 wherein Chencho Gyeltshen scored the matchwinner.
The Bhutanese forward has moved on a loan move to I-League side NEROCA FC while the Bengaluru-based outfit has brought in Spanish attacking midfielder Luis Manuel Villa in his stead. Spanish coach Carles Cuadrat might want to test his new signing right away but it could be a debut off the bench, with Miku set to return to the first team to lead the line.
Miku's presence in attack would allow for Sunil Chhetri play wide on the left with Udanta on the other flank. Harmanjot Khabra would continue to be deployed as a central attacking midfielder while Nishu Kumar's absence is filled in by Rahul Bheke with Rino Anto at right back.
Kerala Blasters will play for pride even though they have no hopes of qualifying for the playoffs, especially after the 2-0 defeat against Delhi Dynamos pegging them second from bottom with 10 points after 14 rounds.
Blasters have never beaten Bengaluru FC, having lost all three of the meetings between the two teams. Should Nelo Vingada's men break that trend, the Blasters will climb back above Delhi on the table.
CK Vineeth and Halicharan Narzary's departure has left a void in the team as they could do with a few goals up front. Besides the lack of a goalscorer given that Slavisa Stojanovic has been below par of late, Matej Poplatnik hasn't received the best of service in attack either, although young Sahal Abdul Samad is capable of delivering a killer pass.
Defensively too, Sandesh Jhingan has been good but the others have to step up given the absence of Anas Edathodika who is still nursing an injury. Add to it, Lalruatthara is out due to a suspension while Zakeer Mundampara is serving a six-month ban.