Looking to get back to winning ways, Kerala Blasters FC will take on Punjab FC on Monday, February 12 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
Blasters made an impressive start to the ISL season and were top of the table by the halfway point of the season, however following a disappointing Super Cup, they lost 2-1 in their first game of this year’s ISL. Lost to Odisha FC.
The result dropped them to third in the table with 26 points. However, a win would move them above FC Goa into second place, leaving them two points behind league leaders Odisha FC with a game in hand.
Head coach Ivan Vukomanovic, whose side remains unbeaten at home this season, expects the match against Punjab FC to be challenging and stressed that Manjapada supporters have their voices heard to ensure a positive outcome.
“I’m expecting a tough game, you know, a lot of duels, a lot of running and of course, hopefully with the help of the fans tomorrow (Monday) we can get some good results. So now hopefully they can come tomorrow” We will support us. We need them, we need them now more than ever,” he told a pre-match press conference.
Meanwhile, Punjab FC are starting to convert good performances into results after a difficult start to the season. Stakos Vergitis appears to have found the right balance in his squad, with the likes of Medih Talal, Luka Magson and Wilma Jordan Gill all on the pitch. Good condition since the beginning of the year.
Their recent 3-1 win over Bengaluru FC put them back in contention for a playoff spot as they sit just five points behind sixth-placed NorthEast United, who have played more games than Sher a match.
With the momentum going in Punjab FC’s favour, head coach Staikos Vergisitis believes his team is confident of a favorable result in Kochi.
“A positive result helps the players get to a good level mentally. It gives them confidence. I saw from our (Kalinga) Super Cup game that they were more confident, which was in the last game Confirmed,” Vergitis said at the pre-match press conference.
Kerala Blasters vs Punjab: Head-to-head results
Competitions participated in: 2
KBFC won: 2
Reverse fixture results: Punjab FC 0-1 Kerala Blasters
Kerala Blasters vs Punjab FC: Top scorer of the season
Kerala Blasters Football Club: Dimitrios Diamantakos (8 goals in 11 games)
Punjab Football Club: Luka Majchen (4 goals in 13 games)
Kerala Blasters vs Punjab FC: Stats and Figures for the 2023-24 Indian Premier League season
Most saved: Sachin Suresh(30), Ravikumar(16)
Most shots per 90 minutes: Ishan Bandida (3.9), Maddie Talal (3.7)
Most assists: Adrian Luna(4), Maddie Talal(3)
Most gaps: Milos Drisic (50), Dimitrios Chazisasas (54)