Kerala Blasters vs Pune City
Indian Super League – Season 4
Date: Thursday, 4th January 2018
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET/ 8 pm IST
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi).
A clue-less Blasters lost to Bengaluru FC at their home on New Year’s eve which eventually sparked the end of ex-Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen as the team’s head-coach. The two time finalists are reeling at 8th in the 10 team table and a win is vital against Pune on Thursday afternoon to improve the distant possibilities of a top four finish. The team in yellow is currently behind the top four teams by 6 points.
Meulensteen is replaced by former England goal-keeper David James, who led the team to the finals in the inaugural 2014 season as a player-manager.
Besides, the Kochi based outfit will also have a new player in their squad, the Ugandan midfielder Keziron Kizito signed from Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards.
On the other hand, Pune City are living to the expectations this season purely on the backend of their attacking display. The team thrashed NorthEast United 5-0 last time up to pick their second league win on the bounce and jump to second in the standings. They could move to first in the standings with a win on Thursday with the current leaders Chennaiyin at a 1-point gap.
Pune are the best away side in the league having won in all their three travels so far, netting 7 goals to 1 conceded.
Meantime, Kerala’s first home defeat of the season happened in the last round, when they were trounced 3-1 by Bengaluru FC. The team is left with 1 win from 4 home games with the remaining three being draws.
Kerala Blasters vs Pune City: Head-to-head
Kerala have a strong head-to-head record against Pune City, having won 4 of the 6 duels so far, drew 1 and lost 1.
Also, the team in yellow boast a 100% win record at home.
Pune have scored just once in their three visits to Kochi.
However, four of the six meetings between the sides saw both teams scoring.
Kerala Blasters vs Pune City: Predictions
A quick turnaround in Kerala’s fortune is hardly expected with a new manager in place. Moreover, the team is depleted with the injuries to Dimitar Berbatov, C.K. Vineeth and Rino Anto.
Pune are in blazing form and their main strength lies in goal-scoring department. They must be sealing another three points and move to the top of the log by Thursday evening.
Kerala Blasters vs Pune City: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score at 1.90 odds is a banker.
An equally good option is the over 2.5 goals for 2.15 odds.