In what promises to be an electrifying fixture, mainly due to the immense rivalry between their respective fan-bases, Kerala Blasters host Bengaluru FC on Monday.
|Game||Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC|
|Date||Monday, November 5|
|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|
Injured - None
Doubtful - None
Suspended - None
Key Players - Miku, Dimas Delgado
Injured - Abdul Hakku
Doubtful - Prasanth K
Suspended - None
Key Players - CK Vineeth, Slavisa Stojanovic
The results have been frustrating for Kerala as they enter this fixture with four draws on the trot despite looking more stable and dangerous than the last time these two teams met.
Nikola Krčmarević will be crucial for Kerala as they look to halt Bengaluru’s midfield in their strides and claim their first ever win against their rivals.
Kerala’s CK Vineeth will be up against his former side and Benglauru FC's Rino Anto will also be in a similar situation, should he be given a role in the game.
The aggregate score between the two teams is 5-1 in Bengaluru’s favour but the hosts will fancy their chances now more than ever to break this curse. Much will depend on the likes of Slavisa Stojanovic and Matej Poplatnik who need to be on top of their game against an extremely good side.
Kerala's defensive stability will be tested by a strong Bengaluru attack and the likes of Sandesh Jhingan and Nemanja Lakic-Pesic will have to be strong at the back.
Bengaluru FC are yet to taste defeat this season, having won three of their four games and splitting points with Jamshedpur FC in their second game.
Despite their good run of results, the Blues haven’t entirely dominated their opponents in all their outings like they did last season.
Venezuelan striker Miku has been in scintillating form, influencing the build-up and finishing things off for Bengaluru. Sunil Chhetri had a sluggish start but wasted no time in slipping into his scoring boots. Like always, this duo will be crucial to Bengaluru’s chances against a frustrated Kerala.
Can Kerala Blasters break their run of successive draw or will Carles Cuadrat's men continue their good record over their southern neighbours?