Kerala Blasters vs FC Goa: Plausible plotlines from the southern brawl
Sportsbet.io discusses the situations that could turn the tables in the Indian Super League fixture between Kerala Blasters and FC Goa.
Kerala Blasters are winless in their last four games while losing three in the process. The Blasters are currently experiencing cold feet in front of the goal and must rediscover their scoring instincts to avoid slipping further below the points table. Kerala must also improvise their shot conversion rate, as they have registered just one shot on target from their tally of 10 shots this term.
FC Goa slumped to their first of the current campaign against Jamshedpur FC, and the Gaurs look to bounce back on their trip to face Kerala Blasters. Goa leads the head-to-head record against the Blasters, and head coach Sergio Lobero aims to preserve his winning status against the hosts.
Who can score first
In the last ten encounters, FC Goa have taken the lead against between Kerala Blasters on six occasions, and are the odds-on favourite to score first in the latest meeting.
FC Goa ran out 3-0 winners in the last showdown between the clubs, and are tipped to do the same in the upcoming meeting. Considering their goal output in the latest edition, we believe the Gaurs will wrap up proceedings with a 3-1 victory. Kerala Blasters, on the other hand, have scored the least goals in the competition so far and are likely to contribute a late consolation goal in the fixture.
Highest scoring half
The last three matchups have provided a high-scoring first half, and one can expect the same from tonight's battle. Although, the odds favour a heavy dose of action in the second half at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
No team is guaranteed to keep a clean sheet in this contest, given their tally of one clean sheet apiece from five matchdays.
Ferran Corominas has been the talismanic figure for FC Goa this term and is in line to return for the Gaurs tonight. The Spaniard, who sat out the 0-1 loss to Jamshedpur FC, has three goals in four games and is primed to extend his tally of seven goals against Kerala Blasters.
The clock is ticking for Kerala Blasters to end their goalscoring drought, and Bartholomew Ogbeche is tipped to rediscover his scoring instincts. The Nigeran striker has struck twice this season and must start scoring goals to spare head coach Eelco Schattorie from the blushes.
Words: William Paul