Kerala Blasters will lock horns with Jamshedpur today the first leg of the First Semi-finals
Jamshedpur Fc who are the current shield winners are in blistering form. With the current leader for Golden glove, TP Rehenesh guarding the goal line, and Captain Peter Hartley himself coordinating the defense unit makes the Jamshedpur defense is the strongest in ISL this season. This unit has played an integral role in their journey to the top of the table along with the attacking unit who have always increased the lead by scoring at ease. Pronoy Halder and Ritwik Das have made their presence in midfield memorable with their control over the game. This has always caused trouble for the opponents by restricting them from gaining momentum against the red miners. Credit goes to the man who molded ‘THE MEN OF STEEL’. Owen Coyle, a name that does not need any introduction as his success speaks the volume of hard work and strategies implemented on the field.
On other hand, Kerala Blasters FC has everything to keep their heads high when they are stepping into the field for our first Semi-final match since the 14th of December 2016. After going through a roller coaster ride of performance and seasons to forget, The Yellow army has finally found the right recipe for success. Everything is going right for Blasters as if the lady luck is with us this time. However, a look at the reality will confirm that the results this season were achieved with precise planning. Finalizing on coach earlier than usual, early preseason, foreign recruitments with a vision, Scouting Indian talents along with backup players with the equal skillset, and the team implementing the game plan on the field with pinpoint accuracy. Kerala blasters look like a well-gelled machine. Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Sanjeev Stalin, Ruivah Hormipam, Vincy Barretto, Ayush Adhikari, and Puitea have not just stepped up to the expectation and have raised the benchmark with their consistent performance. Jeakson Singh, Rahul KP, and Sandeep Singh continue from where they left off last season while Givson Singh and Chencho Gyeltshen putting a fabulous display of attacking football in the last match confirms that the bench strength for Kerala blasters is second to none.
While Aridan luna, Sahal Abdul Samad, Álvaro Vázquez and Jorge Pereyra Díaz makes the attack unit razor sharp, Kerala Blasters hunt as a pack when it comes to goals. The number of players who scored for blasters this season proves it. Now the X factor for blasters, fingers point at one man, Coach Ivan Vukomanović, The Serbian mastermind have converted the Blasters unit to a team to fear. This will be a battle for two tacticians who are not ready to lose.
HEAD TO HEAD
Overall, in the Indian super league, JAMSHEDPUR FC oversee the fixture with 3 victories out of the 10 times we met. 6 games saw both teams sharing points and KERALA BLASTERS secured a win in the remaining 1 encounter.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT.
Aridan luna, Sahal Abdul Samad,Jorge Pereyra Díaz, and Álvaro Vázquez who are in blistering form will be the players to watch out for.
Harmanjot Khabra returning to the squad after 2 match suspension will be the player to watch out for the Blaster’s defense.
It will be interesting to see if Prabhsukhan Singh Gill can get back the Golden Glove from his competitor and current leader of the race TP Rehenesh.
WHERE TO WATCH
Disney+Hotstar JioTV and Asianet plus.