Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala Blasters Predictions and Betting:
The 7th season of the Indian Super League is underway with 11 teams involved, eyeing for the final glory. The season started on 20th November and will go on till March 2021 amidst Corona scare.
With the pandemic affecting everyone, the games are scheduled across three venues in Goa. With a couple of games done and dusted, the weekend is lined up with blockbuster games for the fans.
On Sunday, Chennai is all set to host Kerala Blasters in what is called the ‘Southern Derby’. Chennai have so far played just one game whereas Blasters have played two games without a win so far. With a fierce rivalry between the two teams, we are in for a cracker on Sunday.
CFC vs KBFC Predictions and Betting Summary
CFC vs KBFC Predictions and Betting : Recent form
Chennaiyin FC are coming off one of the best seasons in the club history despite not winning any trophy. They finished 4th in the group stage of ISL and finished as the runners-up in the 2019 final. They also competed in the Indian Super Cup where they stumbled in the final.
On top of all this, they also qualified to the AFC Cup where they bowed out in the group stage after a 2nd place finish in Group E. Coming into this ISL season, they are hoping to win their 3rd title with a good unit.
They started off well with a win against Jamshedpur where they were able to score twice and are looking to grab the initial advantage.
Looking at the Kerala Blasters, they have been highly competitive over the last five years but have failed to win anything significant. They have come close to the ISL trophy on two occasions but were heartbroken with two defeats against their rivals ATK.
They had a forgettable outing in the 2019 ISL season when they finished 7th in the league, thereby failing to make it to the playoffs. This meant that the management was in a huddle to revamp the side and are looking to emerge in better shape this season.
They faced NorthEast United in their second game which ended in a draw with a last-minute brace coming from the opposite camp along after facing defeat at the hands of ATK Mohan Bagan. This means that the side would be looking to kick start their campaign by registering their first win on Sunday.
CFC vs KBFC Predictions and Betting: H2H
Matches: 14 : Chennaiyin FC: 6 Kerala Blasters: 3 Draw: 5
Last 5 meetings: Chennaiyin FC – 2, Kerala Blasters – 1, Draw – 2.
Recent Meeting: Chennai defeated Blasters with a 6-3 in an ISL League fixture on 1st February 2020.
CFC vs KBFC Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The 2-time ISL champions would be looking to field a 4-2-3-1 combination while Blasters would want to counter their arch-rivals with a 4-1-4-1 formation on Sunday.
The Chennai frontline has the services of Sylvestr, Chhangte, Goncalves and Crivellaro. Jakub Sylvestr of Slovakia looks like a quality striker despite not scoring in his very first game. He made 17 passes and 20 touches in 63 minutes of his outing.
Lallianzuala Chhangte is an attacking midfielder who has 15 goals and 4 assists in his ISL career along with a high pass accuracy. Goncalves who played for Matsumoto Yamaga made an impressive debut for Chennai with a brace and is looking to make an impact for the side. On the other hand, the Blasters need their strikers to score as much as possible in the coming games.
Gary Hooper who is playing his first season has already made an impact with a successful penalty strike against North East United. He will be accompanied by Sergio Cidoncha who has scored 5 goals and 6 assists in 27 appearances so far. He has an amazing touch making 1541 of them so far and is pretty decent in pass success.
Rohit Kumar has been around for a long time but needs to create impact as he currently holds just 0.1 goals per game in his career. Even though he passes well and has good finishing skills, it is important for him to step up.
The Chennaiyin FC backline consists of Sabia, Sipovic and Reagan Singh to prevent the opponents from scoring. Eli Sabia has been a top-class center back for the side with 356 clearances and 79 interceptions in 49 games along with 30.94 passes in every outing.
On the other hand, Enes Sipovic did a great job in the last appearance where he made 17 successful passes and 7 clearances that put the team ahead in the game. Reagan Singh has been a veteran player who averages 38.31 passes per game and gives about 4 clears per game in his ISL career. The Kerala defense needs to wake up after two sloppy performances this season.
The backline has Kone, Carneiro and Nishu Kumar to guard the goal post. Nishu Kumar who was part of Bengaluru FC is transferred to Kerala for this season as the defender has exceptional tackling and intercepting skills. He has averaged 29.09 passes per game and has 3.1 clears in every game so far.
Jessel Carneiro is not only a quality defender but is someone who creates chance for their attack. Along with 88 clearances and 24 interceptions, he has 5 assists in 20 ISL games. Bakary Kone and Costa Nhamoinesu will support the other two to make sure that the ball doesn’t come inside the penalty box.
Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala Blasters preview:
The interesting clash between Chennai and Kerala is scheduled to be held in the GMC stadium on 29th November at 7.30 pm IST. Even though hosts hold a significant advantage going into this clash, Blasters are looking to grab their first win of the season.
A win in the first game for Chennai have given them the required momentum whereas Kerala had to settle for a draw. The rivalry yet again unfolds in Goa.
As per the betting platform, Betting Expert, the odds for Chennai winning the game stands at 1.95 and for Kerala win the odds stands at 3.80.
Oddschecker predicts the game to be a close one. The odds for Kerala stands at 13/5 and for Chennai the odds are 1/1 as per the platform.
Sofascore too gives Chennai edge over Kerala for the upcoming match. The odds for Chennai are 1.8 and for Kerala are 3.6.