East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters will start at 8 PM IST at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, and we’ll have live commentary of the match in the live blog below, but before that, a preview:
East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters: Preview
Cheered on by a massive crowd at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi, Kerala Blasters pulled off a sensational win over Odisha FC to mark the return of Ivan Vukomanvic from his 10-match touchline ban. They will now look to build on what has been a good start to the season as they travel to Kolkata to take on a misfiring East Bengal outfit in the Carless quadruple. EB looked their best in their short ISL career, but Kuadrat – renowned for his defensive prowess – will be worried that they have already thrown away one-goal leads twice in four matches. Cuadrat is determined to show his greatest coaching strength in front of his home fans and the Blasters will be keen to secure their very, very first title with a big win away from home, in what promises to be a cracker.
East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters: Head to Head
They have played only six matches against each other, with EB winning once and Blasters winning twice. The remaining three matches were naturally drawn.
East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters: Key players
Naurem Mahesh Singh – East Bengal’s best player. In form, arguably the best Indian player in the league. He has conceded just two goals in four matches but looks to threaten East Bengal every time he gets the ball. The more he sees it against the Blasters, especially on their defensively weak (relatively) right side, the more likely EB is. Adrian Luna – Two things are guaranteed with Luna: he will run more on the field than anyone else and he will cause more chaos on the ball than anyone else on the field. The Blasters’ talisman has started the 2023/24 season with three goals and one assist (only his old partner Jorge Pereira Diaz has more), and he will be looking to add to those tallies in Kolkata.
East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters: Coach’s words
Carles Quadrat: “What we need to change is that we need to be stronger defensively. In the last season of the ISL, my teams have had a lot of clean sheets, which we have failed to do so far this season. We are working on that. If you “watch most of our games, The opposition is creating chances and it’s coming from set-pieces, so we have to work to stop that. We have to stop letting the opposition create a lot of chances.”
Ivan Vukomanvic: “Every game is very difficult for us, very difficult whether we play at home or away. East Bengal have a very good team with a very good coach. They have had a good season and have done well in the Durand Cup. I think many clubs, almost all clubs, Still finding moments to find themselves, solutions, even though we are playing five matches in the season, but I think all teams will start playing normal and good football from January.
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