Kochi: Kerala Blasters FC will host NorthEast United FC at their home ground Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi for the second match of the double header day of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 on Saturday night. In the three matches played so far, Blasters have registered two wins while they have lost one. The Highlanders have collected four points with one win, one loss and one draw. A lot of goals can be seen in this match, as both the teams have shown very impressive attacking play so far this season.
Kerala has performed well under the leadership of its captain Adrian Luna, with the Uruguayan midfielder scoring decisive goals in the first two matches. Blasters gave a tough fight to the Islanders at the Mumbai Football Arena (MFA). Therefore, they will start the upcoming match on the front foot in front of their home crowd.
While NorthEast may have drawn their last match against Punjab FC, they have shown more promise so far in their campaign under the supervision of coach Juan Pedro Benali. Now the important thing is not to lose that momentum after the international break, but on the contrary, take advantage of it in this tough away match.
Speaking about the Highlanders, Kerala Blasters FC assistant coach Frank Dowden said, “They are not a bad team. I watched their last three matches, they have played well. They have good wingers. They have good foreigners in every line. The players are there. The midfielders are also not bad. They created good attacks against Mumbai with the help of fast-paced wingers. I think their team is much better than last year. We know this and we have to be prepared for it. Needed.”
“We know Kerala Blasters are a big team. They are a team that plays good football, if you look at their last three matches,” NorthEast United FC head coach Juan Pedro Benali said in the pre-match press conference. They deserved a better result in the last match against Mumbai. This is a strong team. Even if some of their players are injured, other players will come and it will still be a strong team. It will be a tough match. It will be a very good, beautiful There will be a match, with good crowd support and it will be a good evening of football.” So far 18 matches have been played between the two teams, in which Kerala has won 8 and NorthEast has won 4. 6 matches have been drawn between the two teams.