Kerala Blasters 2-1 Bengaluru FC: KBFC open season with slim win against BFC
On September 21, the Indian Super League (ISL) will return for its monumental 10-year milestone. Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters FC, two southern rivals, will play in the opening game.
Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC: Kerala Blasters defeated Bengaluru FC 2-1 to claim all three points in the first match of the ISL 2023-24 season! Adrian Luna’s goal and Keziah Veendorp’s own goal put KBFC ahead. Curtis Main equalised in the 90th minute for BFC, but the Blasters held on.
Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC XI:
Kerala Blasters FC XI: Sachin, Prabir, Pritam, Milos, Aiban, Daisuke, Jeakson, Danish, Aimen, Luna (c), Peprah.
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet (c), Roshan, Jovanovic, Damjanovic, Jessel, Bhutia, Rohit, Suresh, Keziah, Williams, Sivasakthi.
Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Preview:
Following a disappointing season, the Kerala Blasters enter this season with a score to settle. Their playoff defeat to Bengaluru FC will be remembered in ISL history. The game had far-reaching ramifications for the club, highlighted by a disputed goal and Ivan Vukomanovic’s memorable walk-off incident.
Nonetheless, they have put everything behind them and will attempt the campaign again this year. Despite the loss of several key players, including Sahal Abdul Samad, the club has done a good job of assembling a dangerous lineup. While their most recent Durand Cup campaign was a disappointment, with an early exit and other issues. They did, however, show better form on their pre-season trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Bengaluru FC, on the other hand, has undergone a massive team overhaul. Despite a disappointing end to the previous season, in which they lost the ISL and Super Cup finals, there are some positives to take from it.
Sunil Chhetri, their talismanic captain, will miss at least the first two games of the season, putting them at a disadvantage. Despite this, the Blues have the depth and quality in their roster to pose problems for the Kerala Blasters’ defence.
Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC Team News:
- Kerala Blasters have a number of fitness worries, including Dimitrios Diamantakos, who has only recently returned to training.
- In the meantime, Rahul KP and Bryce Miranda are on national team duty.
- Ishan Pandita is also doubtful for the game due to an injury.
- The Blues are also missing some players due to Asian Games commitments.
- Sunil Chhetri and Rohit Danu are away with the Blue Tigers.
Match: Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC
Tournament: ISL 2023-24
Date: 21st September
Venue: JLN Stadium, Kochi
Kick off: 8.00 PM
Live Streaming: Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC LIVE Streaming on Jio Cinema
Live Telecast: ISL 2023-24 LIVE Telecast on Sports18