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After making an average show off in the five away matches played so far, Kerala Blasters are now in their home town to play three back-to-back matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium Kochi. Even though the team delivered below par performance in the early games, expectations from the side of football fans are on the peak as they made an entry into Kerala for the next few matches. The home team managed by David James will take on the Goa FC today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which has a capacity to handle 80,000 spectators.
The Kerala team co-owned by legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had a roller-coaster ride in the ISL so far. Even though the team has shown great spirit and looks good in attack, the major concern for them would be the inability to score goals on target. The team went down fighting against a Mumbai City FC and lost the match through a solitary goal scored by former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka. Learning from the mistakes, Kerala Blasters would look forward to capitalize the advantage of playing before the home fans.
David James, the former England goal keeper and the marquee player of Kerala Blasters keep high hope playing at Kochi. He thinks that the support and encouragement which will be provided by the supporters shall give the team an added edge to deliver good results. On the other hand, Goa FC coached by legendary Brazilian Zico is keeping huge expectations over his team. Goa FC made a true comeback after pulling off a stunning triumph against Delhi Dynamos registering their first win the tournament. As both teams are tied on four points from five matches, today's match will be much crucial for them. Even though both the teams gave their best in the tournament, the finishing remains a big concern.
Kerala Blasters Probable XI: David James, Nirmal Chhetri, Colin Falvery, Cedric Hengbart, Sandesh Jhinghan, Rennedy Singh, Mehtab Hossain, Stephen Pearson, Gusamo, Iain Hume, CS Sabeeth
FC Goa Probable XI: Jan Seda, Debabrata, Gregory Arnolin, Youness Bengelloun, Narayan Das, Mandar Rao Desai, Jewel Raja, Bruno Pinhiero, Romeo Fernandes, Andre Santos, Ranti Martins
As the Kerala Blasters play their first match in front of home support, a tight encounter along with a visual delight can be expected. The match will commence at 7 PM while legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (Co Owner Kerala Blasters), Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other invited dignitaries would be in the VIP seats to witness the home match. Sachin's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' will be unveiled during the regular break of the match.
The match between Kerala Blasters and FC Goa can be watched online through the official website of Star Sports.