Match 41 Preview: Kerala Blasters FC and Jamshedpur FC pitted against each other in the battle of top four

Kerala Blasters FC will take on Jamshedpur FC in match 41 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama on Sunday.

Kerala Blasters FC, Jamshedpur FC and Hyderabad FC are tied on points with 12 in seven matches.

In the last game, KBFC defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-0. They superseded CFC in all departments, from possession to shots at goal. Jamshedpur FC on the other hand, played a 0-0 draw against Bengaluru FC. 

This match will be crucial to both sides’s top four ambitions, promising to be an exciting affair.

Form Guide

Kerala Blasters FC

Kerala Blasters FC have three wins and two draws in their last five matches while they remain unbeaten in their last six matches.

Jamshedpur FC

Jamshedpur FC have conjured eight points in their last five matches. They have won two, drawn two and lost one. The club hasn’t been able to build a winning momentum but have looked good since their last defeat at the hands of Mumbai City FC.

Team News

Kerala Blasters FC

In the official pre-match conference, coach Ivan Vukomanovic informed the media that all the players are available for selection.

Jamshedpur FC

In the official pre-match conference, coach Owen Coyle revealed that Pronay Halder, Nerijus Valskis, and Komal Thatal have injury concerns.

Key Players

Kerala Blasters FC

Sahal Abdul Samad

The midfielder has been key to Kerala Blasters FC’s emergence in the top four. He has scored three goals so far. The Hero ISL 2018-19 emerging player of the season has made 26 tackles and 11 blocks in the defensive play this season. 

Adrian Luna

The 29-year-old has been at the heart of KBFC midfield. The midfielder has one goal and three assists in the season so far.

Jamshedpur FC

Greg Stewart

Stewart scored the first hattrick of the season that came against Odisha FC. He has four goals and as many assists till now.

Peter Hartley

The skipper has scored two goals in seven appearances while making 21 clearances, 19 tackles, five blocks and eight interceptions.

Key Stats

Odds Favouring Jamshedpur FC

Kerala Blasters FC have only won one game against Jamshedpur FC in their history.

KBFC One Win Away from Setting A New Record

Kerala Blasters FC are unbeaten in their last six games and have secured two consecutive wins. However they have never won three consecutive matches in their history.

KBFC Dangerous in Open-Play

Kerala Blasters FC have scored 83.3% of their goals from open-play this season. No team has scored a greater percentage of goals from open play this season.

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Match: Kerala Blasters FC vs Jamshedpur FC

Date: 26 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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