ISL 2018-19: Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City preview – expected starting XI, TV and live stream details

Players in action during an ISL match between Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters FC in Mumbai on Jan 14, 2018.IANS Photo

Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) will take on Mumbai City FC (MCFC) in the second match of both clubs for the ongoing Indian Super League on Friday (October 5). The match against Mumbai City is the first home match for the Tuskers at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi and the match will kick off at 7.30 pm.

Kerala Blasters come into this game on the back of their stunning opening day victory against ATK. The resurgent KBFC squad under head coach David James plans to continue the winning momentum in front of the sea of yellow.

Mumbai City, on the other hand, are aiming to put their first points on the board after going down to Jamshedpur FC at home on Tuesday. Jorge Costa's team has to get out the put a splendid show to restrict Tuskers from scoring.

Face to Face

Kerala Blasters and Mumbai City have played eight matches over the four seasons of the Indian Super League. Both the southern and western outfits have won two games each while rest of the four games ended up in a draw. KBFC, in the previous fixtures, scored only 4 times against Mumbai City, while the latter has a superb record of 8 goals against Tuskers.

Kerala Blasters

Kerala Blasters displayed an exemplary performance to overcome ATK in their opening fixture. David James is expected to make no changes to the squad for the match against Mumbai City as Anas Edathodika still under suspension and Cyril Kali is injured.

History suggests that Kerala should not find it too hard to get a result, with Mumbai failing to win a single game at Kochi over the past four years. Given KBFC performance in the first game, the playing 11 seems to be sorted in every department.

Matej Poplatnik
Kerala Blasters' Matej Poplatnik scored the first goal of ISL 2018-19.ISL

Strikers Slavisa Stojanovic and Matej Poplatnik were both among the goals and will provide Mumbai City with a stern test of their defence which was breached twice by Jamshedpur FC. Dheeraj Singh looked confident during his debut Hero ISL game and is likely to start alongside Sandesh Jhingan, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic and Lalruatthara. Nikola Krcmarevic and Sahal Abdul Samad is expected to continue operation from midfield

Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City will be keen to bounce back after suffering a defeat in their own ground against Jamshedpur FC. Coach Jorge Costa will look to change some personnel as many didn't live up to expectations.

"Our first half was nothing special. Second half we created a lot of chances to score. In the last five minutes, it was horrible," the Portuguese coach didn't hold back his frustration.

Mumbai City FC vs Jamshedpur FC
Mumbai City FC readies for second match after going down to Jamshedpur FC in home groundISL Media

Poor finishing proved to be on the downfall of the Islanders in the last match. Paulo Machado and Modou Sougou are step up their game and should be threatening to tame KBFC. Lucian Goian, the Romanian centre-back, played a pivotal role in the last game marshalling his defence from the back. Captain Amarinder Singh needs to ensure that he weaves similar magic as he did in the 2017-18 season.

Probable starting 11

Kerala Blasters: Dheeraj Singh, Mohamad Rakip, Sandesh Jhingan, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Lalruatthara, Nikola Krcmarevic, Seiminlen Doungel, Sahal Abdul Samad, Halicharan Narzary, Slavisla Stojanovic, Matej Poplatnik

Mumbai City: Amrinder Singh, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Lucian Goian, Marko Klisura, Subhasish Bose, Sanju Pradhan, Paulo Machado, Mohammed Rafique, Bipin Singh, Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos

Where to watch on TV and online

Online stream- Hotstar and Jio TV

TV channel- Star Sports/HD

Hindi: Star Sports 3, Star Gold, Star Utsav

Vernacular languages- Asianet Movies (Malayalam), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Asianet Suvarna Plus (Kannada)

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