Match 62 Preview: Kerala Blasters FC aim for a league double while Mumbai City FC seek redemption

Kerala Blasters FC will leave no stone unturned on their path to glory as they prepare to face Mumbai City FC in matchday 62 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa.

The Blasters have been nothing short of unstoppable, who are on a 10-match unbeaten run and find themselves on top of the league table with 20 points.

Mumbai City FC, on the flip side, are facing a worrisome situation as they are on a 5-match winless run after the Blasters put an end to their 4-match winning streak in the reverse fixture with a 3-0 win.

Neither of the sides can cosy themselves up as the race for the top four has been an intense one and both teams will be fully geared to take home the three points.

Form Guide

Kerala Blasters: WDDWW

Vukomanovic’s men have been untouchable after facing defeat against ATK Mohun Bagan in the inaugural game of the season. Following that game, the Blasters have won five and drawn five. Their performances reflect why they’re on top of the table with 20 points.

Mumbai City FC: LDLDL

The Islanders have found themselves amidst uncertainty after not being able to register a single victory in their last five games. Buckingham’s men have slipped to the fourth spot in the league table with 17 points.

Head-To-Head

In the 15 games between the two sides, Kerala Blasters have won thrice, including the last game which ended 3-0. Mumbai City FC have six wins, and six games have ended in draws.

Team News

No injury concerns in the Mumbai City FC camp. Vikram Partap Singh has been training for the last two days and will be available for selection.

Key Stats

Adrian Luna - The Talisman for Kerala Blasters FC

In his maiden Hero ISL season, Luna has six assists in 11 matches and sits at the top of the assists leaderboard along with Ahmed Jahouh and Greg Stewart. With 6 assists, he's the joint top provider in Kerala Blasters' history along with Jessel Carneiro and Josu Prieto. Luna’s 6 assists provided this season is the highest number of assists provided by a Kerala Blasters FC player in a single season.

Mumbai City FC’s sloppy defense

Mumbai City FC have conceded 13 goals from open play this season. Only NorthEast United (19) have conceded more. The Islanders have conceded 7 goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half (46-60) this season. No team has conceded more in the similar time slot.

Key Players

Kerala Blasters FC

Prabhsukhan Gill: The custodian has cemented his place as the first-choice keeper in the Kerala Blasters FC side. The 21-year-old has kept four clean sheets in eight games and has a save rate of 81.48%, making 22 saves out of 27 shots faced on goal, conceding just five goals. No keeper apart from Gill has kept more than 2 clean sheets this season. A super influential player in the Blasters’ side.

Harmanjot Khabra: Khabra has been exceptional in the midfield department, making 27 tackles, 19 interceptions, 18 clearances, and eight blocks in ten games. With a goal in the last game, Khabra will be eager to provide additional assistance in the attack for his team.

Mumbai City FC

Bipin Singh: The 26-year-old has massively contributed for his side. In eleven games, Singh has scored thrice and provided two assists. His link-up with Igor Angulo is a threatening factor for any opponent.

Ahmed Jahouh: Jahouh has been the key for the goals scored in Mumbai City FC's campaign so far. The 36-year-old has been highly influential in the attack as well as defense. Jahouh has eight goal involvements in ten games, while he has made 69 tackles, 23 interceptions, 20 clearances, and 14 blocks in the defensive zone. His return will be highly crucial for the Islanders' fortune in the upcoming game.

Match timings and telecast details

Match: Kerala Blasters FC vs Mumbai City FC

Date: 16th January 2022

Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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