Match 27 Preview: Upbeat Kerala Blasters FC eye second successive win against SC East Bengal

 

SC East Bengal will take on Kerala Blasters FC in match 27 of Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama on Sunday.

Currently, SC East Bengal sit at the bottom of the table with two points while their opponents rank seventh in the league with five points.

In the last match, SCEB lost out to FC Goa in a high scoring end-to-end match. They scored three goals in the match but the Goan side managed to outscore by a difference of one goal.

Kerala Blasters FC, on the other hand, registered their first win of the campaign against Odisha FC in the last match. Odisha FC hadn’t dropped a point in the season before Alvaro Vasquez and Prasant K. won it for KBFC.

With KBFC aiming to build a winning momentum and SCEB searching for their first win of the season, it should be an open and fast paced match.

Form Guide

SC East Bengal

SC East Bengal has played five matches till now, drawing two and losing three. After managing a draw against Jamshedpur FC in their first match, the team has struggled to push on and get their first three points. In the following matches they lost against ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC. Although they managed a draw against Chennaiyin FC, it didn’t help them to get their juggernaut rolling.

Kerala Blasters FC

Having won their last match against Odisha FC, Kerala Blasters FC are back among the mix. They have put the 4-2 loss against ATK Mohun Bagan in the opening game behind them. The club bounced back to pick up draws against NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC.

Team News

SC East Bengal

In the pre-match press conference, Jose Manuel Diaz revealed that Arindam Bhattacharja, Jackichand Singh and Darren Sidoel are still injured and unavailable for selection.

Kerala Blasters FC

KBFC have released a statement saying their no.1 keeper Albino Gomes has sustained an injury in their last match against Odisha FC. Further, he will be sent for an examination once the swelling subsides.

In the pre-match press conference, Ivan Vukomanovic informed the media that Rahul KP will be back in training soon and won’t require surgery.

Key Players

SC East Bengal

Antonio Perosevic: The Croatian scored two goals and had three shots on target in the last match against FC Goa. The forward also has an assist to his tally this season. He is one of main sources of inspiration in the team

Amir Dervisevic: The midfielder was also on the scoresheet in the last match. He also assisted one of Perosevic’s goals. The Slovenian is crucial in the midfield. His link-up with Perosevic can be a good sign for Diaz.

Kerala Blasters FC

Alvaro Vazquez: The striker was influential in their win over Odisha FC. The Spaniard had put his side in the lead before Prasanth K. doubled it. He would hope to build on the goal and find form.

Adrian Luna: The attacking midfielder assisted both the goals in the last match. His tally of assists is now up to three. The Uruguayan is central to the KBFC movement in attack.

Key Stats

It’s All Square

The two times SCEB and KBFC have played against each both the matches ended in one all draw.

Odds Against SCEB

SC East Bengal has only one match out of 16 matches they have played at the venue. The club has drawn seven and lost eight matches.

A Change in Fortunes for KBFC?

Kerala Blasters FC ended their 11 match winless streak with a win over Odisha FC in the last match. The club would aim to get momentum on their side while going into a critical phase of the season.

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Match: SC East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters FC

Date: 12 December 2021

Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 regional channels - Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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