Kerala Blasters vs North East Preview
Kerala Blasters will face North East United in a do or die match on Sunday night,speaking about the match Blasters coach Steve Coppell said the match like a final and we are not looking for a draw.
This will be a big match as the winner will be qualifying for the ISL Semi-finals,the match will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Kochi.
Kerala only need a draw to make it to the Semi-finals but North East need to win if they want to qualify.Coppell will be without the services of Mehtab Hossain who is suspended for this fixture. In addition the left-back Josu has also injured himself in training.
North East will without the services of Subrata Paul and Gustavo Lazzaretti while Nicolas Velez is in contention for a starting spot.North East will trying to attack Kerala’s defense as they need to score.
“We are not going to do anything different to what we normally do. We certainly are not going to play for a draw. If we were away from home, it might have been a bit different. But we are at home and we’ve got a fabulous crowd supporting us. We’ll play and see what happens as the game progresses. It’s the same for both teams. The game will ebb and flow and will change as it progresses”-coppell said.
“Tomorrow is the last game of the league stage in this amazing tournament. It has been a very good surprise for me – the environment and the atmosphere. I know there will be fantastic atmosphere for Sunday’s game also. The battle is between two good teams for one play-offs spot. But that is football. I hope everybody can enjoy tomorrow’s game. It’s brilliant for me to be involved in such games. I have enjoyed such situations many times in my career. With big crowds, it should be brilliant”-Nelo Vingada said.
This will be a huge match and we can expect good football and Kerala have a bit advantage as they are playing in front of their own 60,000 fans which will act as the 12th man for KBFC.