Match 109 Preview: Kerala Blasters FC prepare to battle FC Goa after securing semi-final berth

Kerala Blasters FC will take on FC Goa in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Sunday after Saturday night's match between Hyderabad FC and Mumbai City FC sealed the fate of the top-four sides.

On the other hand, the Gaurs’ troubled season will come to an end after not being able to break into the top-four. FC Goa will look to break the current hat-trick of losses they have registered in recent matches and bow out of the Hero ISL 2021-22 season with a win.

Form Guide

FC Goa: DWLLL

Having won just once in their last five matches, Derrick Pereira’s men sit ninth in the league standings with 18 points in 19 games.

Kerala Blasters FC: WDLWW

Vukomanovic’s team has hit the form exactly at the right time of the season, taking ten points from the last fifteen available. They stand fourth on the points table with 33 points from 19 matches.

Head-to-head
The two teams have met on 15 occasions with FC Goa emerging victorious nine times. While Kerala Blasters have won three times and the other three fixtures between the two teams ended in a draw. They played a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture earlier this season. However, in their last 9 games, Kerala Blasters FC are winless against FC Goa.

Team News

The update from the Kerala Blasters FC camp is that Nishu Kumar will gradually start training with the squad, and Jeakson Singh has been ruled out for the match. The Gaurs too will miss some players due to injuries.

Key Players 

Kerala Blasters FC

Adrian Luna:  The 29-years old midfielder has been in superb form throughout the season, sitting at the top of the assists list for Kerala this season. 

Jorge Diaz: Diaz scored a brace two games ago, and took his tally for the season to six goals. He has now scored three goals in his last five matches. The striker also scored one of the two goals against the Gaurs in the reverse fixture.

FC Goa

Jorge Ortiz: The forward has been exceptional for the Gaurs throughout the season. Ortiz has scored eight goals and provided five assists in 14 matches this season.

Brandon Fernandes: After arriving late into the season due to injury, Fernandes has made a mark with his skills and passing ability. In six games, the midfielder has provided an assist and has a passing accuracy of 74%.

Key Stats

Blasters rising attack

Kerala Blasters have scored 30 goals this season, the most they have managed in any season in their Hero ISL history.

Goa’s conversion crash
FC Goa have taken more shots than any other team in Hero ISL 2021-22 (293). However, they are ranked eighth on number of goals (25). The effect of lower conversion is evident as the Gaurs have won 4 matches in their 19 matches so far, the joint fewest wins they’ve managed in a season in their Hero ISL history.

Match timings and telecast details

Match: FC Goa vs Kerala Blasters FC

Date: 6th March 2022

Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, Goa

Kick-off time: 7:30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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