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NorthEast United can seal a finals spot with a win (Getty Images)

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NorthEast United's 2-1 win over East Bengal on Tuesday means their fate is in their own hands for finals qualification.

A ninth game unbeaten was secured as goals from V.P. Suhair and a Sarthak Golui own goal secured a the win against 10-man East Bengal.

The win moved NorthEast into the top four and they will qualify for only a second finals appearance if defeating Kerala Blasters. A draw may be enough, depending on the clash between Goa and Hyderabad.

In their impressive end to the season, Khalid Jamil's side have beaten Jamshedpur, ATK Mohun Bagan, Mumbai City, Odisha and East Bengal.

They have also drawn with Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa and Chennaiyin.

NorthEast United Team News


Playmaker Federico Gallego could return to the starting line-up after being an unused substitute against East Bengal on his return from injury.

Right-back Ashutosh Mehta may not be risked after missing the last game through injury. Defender Wayne Vaz is ruled out for the season.

Kerala Blasters Form


Interim head coach Ishfaq Ahmed picked up a point from his first game in charge as Kerala Blasters drew 1-1 with Chennaiyin on Sunday.

Fatkhullo Fatkhulloev put Chennaiyin in front before Gary Hooper levelled for Kerala Blasters from the penalty spot.

The draw extended Kerala's winless run to seven games, a period which resulted in the sacking of coach Kibu Vicuna.

Kerala could finish as high as eighth with a win, but it has been another season to forgot for the Tuskers.

Kerala Blasters Team News

 
Playmaker Facundo Pereyra is set to return for the Blasters for the final game of the season after injury.

Centre-back Sandeep Singh is available again after serving a one-game suspension.

Defender Nishu Kumar remains out injured with his season over.

Head-to-Head 


It seems an age since these sides met in the reverse fixture back in November, a game which ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

That was a fourth straight draw between the sides as Idrissa Sylla equalised in the final minute for NorthEast. 

The Highlanders, who trail the head to head 5-3, were 2-0 down to Sergio Cidoncha and Gary Hooper goals. Kwesi Appiah reduced the deficit before Sylla's equaliser.

Predictions


The equation is simple for NorthEast United - win and secure and place in the finals. They should get it against a Kerala side which is finishing the season with a whimper. 

I'm expecting both teams to score with NorthEast sealing a finals spot for only the second time.

  • NorthEast United have won 5 of their last 8 matches (Indian Super League).
  • NorthEast United have seen BTTS in 8 of their last 9 matches (Indian Super League).
  • NorthEast United have seen over 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (Indian Super League).
  • NorthEast United have seen over 3.5 goals in 3 of their last 5 matches (Indian Super League).
  • Kerala Blasters are winless in their last 7 matches (Indian Super League).
  • Kerala Blasters have seen BTTS in 4 of their last 5 matches (Indian Super League).
  • Kerala Blasters have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 their last 5 matches (Indian Super League).
  • Kerala Blasters have seen over 3.5 goals in 3 of their last 5 matches (Indian Super League).

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