2019-20 Indian Super League – Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City Preview & Prediction
When does Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City kick off? Thursday 24th October, 2019 – 15:00 (UK)
Where is Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City being played? Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
What TV channel is Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City on in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK but will be shown live on Star Sports in India
Where can I stream Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City in the UK? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK but those in India can stream it via Hotstar
Where can I get tickets for Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City? Tickets may be available on this link
THE TEAM NEWS
- Kerala Blasters, under their new coach Eelco Schattorie, got their 2019-20 Indian Super League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against ATK in the season opener on Sunday in front of a crowd of over 36,000 supporters.
- New signing Bartholomew Ogbeche was the two-goal hero for Kerala as the newly appointed captain scored from the penalty spot to equalise in the 30th minute and then hit the winning goal just before half-time in response to ATK’s opening goal in the sixth minute through Carl McHugh.
- No major changes are expected to the starting XI that faced ATK, though the win did come at a cost with Mario Arques having to be stretchered off due to a hamstring injury, just minutes after coming on as a late substitute.
- Mumbai City reached the Indian Super League semi-finals last season where they lost to FC Goa having finished in third place in the regular season. It was their second qualification for the play-offs in the space of three seasons having also done so in 2016 when they topped the table but again lost in the semi-finals.
- Former Portuguese international defender Jorge Costa was the man responsible for guiding the team into the play-offs last season and he has been retained as their head coach for this campaign.
- On the playing field the main departures from the club have been Arnold Issoko – a key player down the right flank – and defensive rock Lucian Goian. They have made some good additions though with the likes of Mato Grgic, Serge Kevyn, Amine Chermiti and Rowllin Borges all expected to feature heavily. A blow received on the eve of the season is that centre-back Anwar Ali is ruled out from the current ISL season as he has been diagnosed with a heart problem.
Kerala Blasters will be aiming to make it two wins from two matches following their opening game victory against ATK and the home team might benefit from having already played whereas this is Mumbai’s first taste of competitive action this season. Mumbai City did well to make the play-offs last season with some good tactical nous from coach Jorge Costa. In this match he may adopt a defensive approach which might prove tricky for Kerala to break down and the prediction is for a low-scoring draw.