Kerala Blasters host NorthEast United in the final round of the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) at the JL Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday.
|Game||Kerala Blasters vs NorthEast United|
|Date||Friday, March 1|
|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|
Suspended: Zakeer Mundampara
Key Players: Sahal Abdul Samad, Matej Poplatnik
Injured: Provat Lakra
Suspended: Mato Grgic, Jose Leudo
Key Players: Bartholomew Ogbeche, Rowllin Borges, Panagiotis Triadis
For the last time this season, Kerala Blasters take onto the pitch in the ISL, knowing well that they will finish second from bottom no matter results across the last round.
It will be a special occasion for coach Nelo Vingada as the Portuguese manager welcomes his former employers. Having taken over after the winter break, the former Malaysia head coach has managed to guide the club to one win as their return of 14 points from 17 games makes for sorry reading.
Sahal Abdul Samad, one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise dull campaign, will have the chance to impress further.
Eelco Schattorie's men have created history after qualifying for the play-offs for the first time ever. However, suspensions to defender Mato Grgic and holding midfielder Jose Leudo weakens the side in their trip down south.
Skipper Bartholomew Ogbeche has led from the front with 12 goals to his name. Winter transfer window signing Panagiotis Triadis has only strengthened the side in attacking options while Juan Mascia might get a run in with only five foreigners available for the game.
Much focus will be on the new defensive pairing of Gurwinder Singh and Janeiler Rivas, who is expected to make his full ISL debut on Friday. While the Guwahati-based outfit will be seeking to build up some confidence going into the knockouts, Kerala Blasters look to fine-tune for their Super Cup qualifier in two weeks' time.