And it’s the BOXING DAY game in ISL 8. Kerala Blasters will meet Jamshedpur FC in a battle to reach the top spot of the ISL points table. Both teams have registered 3 wins so far while settling for a draw in 3 and losing 1 match to secure 12 points. Though the numbers show that it’s a match between equal forces, Kerala Blasters will be high on confidence as they have not been defeated in the past six games. The icing on the cake is that the ‘MEN IN YELLOW’ have won their last 2 games trashing their opponents by 3 goals while maintaining a clean sheet.
Coach Owen Coyle has molded ‘THE MEN OF STEEL’ into a unit that can defend strong and be lethal on counter-attacks. And when the former Rangers man Greg Stewart was on a hunt that has caused trouble for opponents. Finding the bottom of the net 4 times in his 7 appearances, he is the man in form for the red miners.
On other hand, Ivan Vukomanovic has already concurred the hearts of Kerala Blasters fans and impressed critics by letting the ‘juggernaut’ out for a hunt. He has converted Kerala Blasters as a team that hunts as a pack. By strategizing and exploiting the weakness of the opponent team and utilizing his resources exceptionally well, Coach Ivan has made Kerala Blasters a team that dominated their opponents in the last 6 games. After conceding 4 goals in the first game against ATK Mohun Bagan in the first match, opponents have managed to score against Kerala Blasters only 3 times. Blasters were managed to do this even after losing the service of a key man in defense, Enes Sipovic due to an injury. This shows how high the progress chart has gone for Kerala Blasters from the first match. This makes the match a clash of two brilliant tacticians in ISL 8.
HEAD TO HEAD
Overall, in the Indian super league, Jamshedpur FC oversee the fixture marginally by a game with two victories out of the 8 times we met. Five games saw both teams sharing points and Kerala Blasters secured win once.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT.
With Sahal Abdul Samad and Jorge Pereyra Diaz registering their name on the scoreboard again in the last game. Alvaro Vasquez has already displayed his striking power thrice. The attacking trio is undoubtedly stealing the spotlight.
Aridan luna remains to be a powerhouse in Kerala Blasters Midfield. Adding his name to the score sheet in the last game will boost his confidence. Puitea and Jeakson Singh continued to make their presence felt in the last game.
While Marko Leskovic remained as the leader in defense, Ruivah Hormipam made their presence felt for the opponents again when Kerala Blasters maintained the second consecutive clean sheet against the Chennaiyin FC. Jessel Carneiro, who remained as an unsung hero in past matches is repeatedly displaying why he has the Captain’s band safe with him.
WHERE TO WATCH
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar JioTV and Asianet plus.