Coming from ISL to Super Cup, Kerala Blasters are more likely to rotate the team. Some key players who did not get a chance in the Indian Super League will therefore get playing time in the Super Cup. So this season, we might see a playing eleven that we have not seen before in the Super Cup. Let’s take a look at Kerala Blasters’ likely starting XI for the first game of the Kalinga Super Cup.
Sachin Suresh is the goalkeeper of Kerala Blasters in ISL. But the chances of Kerala Blasters giving Karanjit Singh a chance in the Super Cup are very high. It is believed that Sachin Suresh may be rested by the yellow team in the first match of the Super Cup. In the last three games in the ISL, the Yellow Team played with a foreign center back pair (Milos Drincic-Marko Leskovic). Hormipal Ruiva may get a place in the starting eleven in the Super Cup. Only one of Drincic and Marko Leskovic will be in the starting line-up. Prabir Das at right back and Sandeep Singh at left back are likely to start against Shillong Lajong.
Japanese player Daisuke Sakai will lead the team in midfield. Malayalam player Mohammad Azhar, who performed brilliantly in the last ISL match, will retain his place in the team. Apart from them, Danish Farooq and Mohammad Aiman will line up in the midfield.
Kerala Blasters have no headaches in the forward line. Greek player Dimitrios Diamantakos and Ghanaian Kwame Pepray will be lined up in attack. The fact that both are in great form is positive for Kerala Blasters. Dimitrios Diamantakos is currently the top goal scorer in the ISL 2023-24 season. Things will be easier for the Yellow Army if the player can continue his form in ISL and Super Cup.
Kerala Blasters Probable Starting Lineup: Karanjit Singh (Goalkeeper), Prabir Das, Hormipam Ruiva, Marko Leskovic/Milos Drincic, Sandeep Singh, Mohammad Azhar, Danish Farooq, Daisuke Sakai, Mohammad Ayman, Dimitrios Diamantakos, Kwame Pepra.
At the same time, apart from Shillong Lajong, ISL clubs such as Jamshedpur FC and Northeast United are with the Yellow Army in Group B of the Super Cup. Blasters will play against Jamshedpur on January 15 and Northeast United on January 20.
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