Confident Kerala Blasters will face League Shield winners Jamshedpur FC in the second leg of the semifinal 2 of Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco da Gama, Goa on Tuesday (March 15).
Ivan Vukomanovic’s men carry a narrow one-goal lead heading into the second leg of the first semi-final. Sahal Abdul Samad’s 38th minute goal helped Kerala Blasters edge Owen Coyle’s side 1-0 in the first leg on Friday (March 11) at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda. In the second leg, JFC will need to better the result to finish the match within regulation time, or else a similar 1-0 result in the League Shield winners’ favor will take the game into extra time. There is no away goal advantage in the ISL. JFC, however, will be keen to get a goal to remain alive in the contest. And if the game is not decided after 120 mins, it will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
ISL 2021-22 SEMIFINAL 1 1ST LEG:
Sahal goal helps Kerala Blasters gain an advantage over Jamshedpur During the league stages, JFC was the second-highest scorers with 42 goals and were the best defensive side having let in just 21 goals. But, the league leaders failed to find the back of the net in the first leg of the semi-final despite their top goal-scorers all featuring in the match.
KBFC, on the other hand, scored 34 goals and conceded 24. And very importantly found the back of the net in the first leg of the semi-final. Tuesday’s match will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season.
ISL 2021-22 SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE:
Qualified Teams, Date, Time Table, Live Streaming Info The two sides have met thrice this season including the first leg of the semi-final. While their first match ended in a 1-1 draw, Jamshedpur FC were 3-1 victors in the reverse fixture during the league stage. In the third and most recent meeting, KBFC edged out JFC 1-0. Overall, they have met 11 times so far in ISL and JFC holds the advantage with 3 wins as opposed to 2 wins of KBFC. The remaining six matches, however, have ended in a draw.
KERALA BLASTERS VS JAMSHEDPUR: MATCH PREVIEW:
Kerala Blasters finished fourth in the league phase, having accumulated 34 points from 20 matches. However, when the stakes were at their highest in the first leg of the semi-final, the Tuskers came up trumps to secure a 1-0 triumph.
On the other hand, Jamshedpur won the ISL League Winners’ Shield after finishing first in the league phase, where they secured 43 points from 20 matches. The primary target of the Red Miners will be to score the first goal of the match.
KERALA BLASTERS VS JAMSHEDPUR: MATCH DETAILS:
Venue: Tilak Maidan in Vasco da Gama, Goa
Kick-off time and date: 7:30 PM IST on Tuesday (March 15)
KERALA BLASTERS VS JAMSHEDPUR: HEAD TO HEAD:
Jamshedpur holds the upper hand in terms of head-to-head records, but only by a very narrow margin. They have won three of the eleven matches against Kerala Blasters, whilst the Tuskers have emerged victorious on a couple of occasions. As many as six matches have ended in stalemates.
One such stalemate was played out in the first meeting of this season, where both teams settled for a 1-1 draw. Coyle’s team ran riot in the return leg and won 3-0, but Vukomanovic’s men turned up at the important moment to bag a 1-0 triumph in the first leg of the semi-final.
KERALA BLASTERS VS JAMSHEDPUR FC MATCH PREDICTION
KBFC sits in the driver’s seat having secured a 1-0 win in the first leg, but a narrow lead will always be difficult to protect especially against a team like JFC, who were the second-highest goal-scorers during the league stage. Although they failed to find the back of the net in the first leg, JFC will always stand a chance to score with the likes of George Stewart and Daniel Chima Chukwu in the mix. However, they will also need to be aware of KBFC hitting on the counter. As JFC will go all out to score a goal to stay alive in the contest, KBFC’s pacy attackers may hurt them and score a goal themselves. So, both goalkeepers will play crucial roles in their sides’ hopes of reaching the final.