The 7th match of the Indian Super League 2021-22 campaign sees NorthEast United FC take on Kerala Blasters FC. Incidentally, either side comes into the fixture on the back of disappointing opening match-day defeats. The match is scheduled to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda on November 25.
New head coach Khalid Jamil’s side let in 4 against a ruthless Bengaluru FC. Meanwhile, the Blasters lost 2-4 to last season’s runner-up ATK Mohun Bagan in their opening game.
NorthEast United FC
As mentioned above, the Highlanders come into this fixture after a humbling 4-2 defeat to Bengaluru FC. Despite levelling twice in the first period, a lack of concentration and an inexpert defence cost them the game.
New boss Khalid Jamil will have to tweak his tactics and team selection to steady his ship. NorthEast United will be eager to brush themselves off and get a favorable result against the Tuskers.
At the other end, the Yellow Army did not have much luck in their opening tie either. ATK Mohun Bagan were composed as well as ruthless to give the Tuskers a 4-2 loss.
Hailing from Kochi, the team was unable to begin well, but put up a mature display in the second half. The Blasters will want to recoup and get their season back on track against the Highlanders.
NorthEast United FC
With Khalid Jamil at the wheel, expectations were high for a strong start. However, an adept Bengaluru FC side proved to be a major hurdle. In spite of equalizing twice, the opposition’s quality and the experience proved too much for their unpracticed defense.
Teasing them till the final whistle, Bengaluru ended the tie 4-2. Putting the past behind them, the Highlanders will be looking to have a go at the Blasters and secure their first win of the season.
Ivan Vukomanović’s men too endured a disheartening start in their opener. They fell to a similar 4-2 loss at ATK Mohun Bagan. The Kochi-based side were missing composure and displayed improper defensive capabilities.
They did manage to pull 2 goals back but they did not use their chances well and that cost them the game. The Blasters are eager to return from such a loss and pull themselves together in the tie against NEUFC.
NorthEast United (4-3-3): Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (GK) (C); Provat Lakra, Jestin George, Hernan Santana, Tondonba Singh; Khassa Camara, Federico Gallego, Sehnaj Singh; William Lalnunfela, Deshorn Brown, VP Suhair.
Kerala Blasters (4-4-2): Albino Gomes (GK); Sandeep Singh, Enes Sipovic, Abdul Hakku, Jessel Carneiro (C); Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Sahal Abdul Samad, Jeakson Singh, Adrian Luna; Lucas Vazquez, Jorge Pereyra Diaz.
NorthEast United 2-2 Kerala Blasters
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