KBFC vs BFC Dream11: The Indian Super League comes to life once again after the two-week international hiatus as defending champions Bengaluru FC play host to Kerala Blasters at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday evening.
After opening the season with three straight draws, the reigning champions finally recorded their first win of the season with a 3-0 convincing win over two-time ISL champions Chennaiyin FC before the international break. A goal each from Erik Paartalu (14′), Sunil Chhetri (25′) and Thongkhosiem Haokip (85′) rounded off a dominating performance for Carles Cuadrat and his men.
Bengaluru FC remains the team to beat. There seem no apparent weaknesses in the team, with all three departments – defence, midfield and attack – looking well-oiled at the moment. In fact, it's the backline that makes Cuadrat's team stand apart from the rest of the teams in the league. The champions have kept three shutouts in the first four league matches.
Kerala Blasters, meanwhile, will come into this game without a win in three league games. The expectations the team created after the opening games' 2-1 victory over ATK are already fading away. What's more concerning is that Kerala played three of their first four games at home, lost 0-1 to Mumbai City and dropped more points after a stalemate against Odisha FC.
Host: Bengaluru FC
Visitors: Kerala Blasters
Match Timing: November 23, @ 07: 30 PM
Match Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
The champions are at home and play an out-of-form team, so it's no surprise that the hosts are being seen as a clear cut favourite in this game.
Bengaluru to win: 1.44 (11/25), Probability to happen: 69.44%
Kerala Blasters to win: 6.0 (5/1), Probability to happen: 16.67%
Draw: 4.0 (3/1), Probability to happen: 25.0%
Bengaluru team news: Rahul Bheke picked up an injury while on international duty with India. He is a doubt for this game and will be monitored before the match. Other than Bheke, Carles Cuadrat has a clean bill of health ahead of this game.
Kerala Blasters team news: As for the Blasters, the injury list is big, with several key players set to miss the trip to Karnataka. Centre-back and club captain Sandesh Jhinghan is out for the rest of the season after undergoing a knee injury this month. Joining him on the sideline are Mario Arques, Gianni Zuiverloon, Jairo Rodrigues and Vlatko Drobarov.
Bengaluru FC: Sandhu (GK), Nishu Kumar, Serran, Juanan, Khabra, Paartalu, Delgado, Kuruniyan, Augusto, Udanta, Chhetri
Kerala Blasters: Rehenesh (GK), Carneiro, Hakku, Gaikwad, Rakip, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Cidoncha, Rahul KP, Samad, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Raphaël Messi Bouli, Ogbeche
The hosts are the clear favourite to win the game.