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The 3-5-2 (or 5-3-2) wasn't working and with Peter Taylor refusing to move away from that might-look-solid-but-won't-stop-the-goals-from-flowing-in formation, it was inevitable the Englishman's reign as the Kerala Blasters manager would come to a premature end. It is time now for a fresh beginning for last season's finalists starting with a crunch ISL 2015 encounter against Chennaiyin FC in Kochi on Saturday.

[Read what Morgan has to say ahead of the match HERE]

Having lost four matches on the bounce, after beginning the campaign with a win and a draw, Kerala cannot afford another loss -- that is as plain as the light of day.

Indeed, even a point might not be enough if they still harbour hopes of making it to the top four, considering the form that the majority of the teams have shown in the Indian Super League this season.

With the he-knows-Indian-football Trevor Morgan at the helm, for the time being at least, the Kerala Blasters can hope for better results, and what better way to get your season back on track than by beating your nearest rivals.

This South Indian Derby promises to be an absolute ripper of a match -- taking into account the two splendid semifinal matches from last season -- with that brilliant 60-and-more-000 crowd set to create an atmosphere that really is second to none in this ISL.

Crosses into the box, and the ability to not defend them, have been Kerala's bane this season and while Chennaiyin are a more let's-keep-the-ball-and-find-space-through-the-middle side, expect Marco Materazzi to try and exploit that particular weakness as much as possible.

Chennaiyin have a wonderful attack, led by the hottest international striker in the ISL in Stiven Mendoza, and if the Colombian finds even the tiniest bit of space in behind the defence, he will put that ball in the back of the net.

Defence was the cornerstone of the Kerala Blasters' success last season, and while that sometimes did not make for pretty viewing, it will do them well to go back to being solid at the back again and then building from there.

While a couple of goals flowed in their last game, the Kerala Blasters have not found goalscoring that easy, either, with Chris Dagnall and Sanchez Watt, the marquee names in terms of forwards, flattering to deceive more often than not.

Mohammed Rafi might have been banging them in, but for the Kerala Blasters to click consistently, the likes of Dagnall, Watt and Josu need to find the target more often.

Maybe it will start against Chennaiyin, who the Kerala Blasters thumped at home in the semifinal first leg in ISL 2014. But then, if Materazzi and Chennaiyin are in the mood, this could turn out to be another forgettable match for the team owned by Sachin Tendulkar.

ISL 2015 schedule: Kerala Blasters vs Chennaiyin FC.

Date: Saturday, 31 October.

Time: 7 pm IST (1.30 pm GMT, 9.30 am ET).

Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

TV listings: India: Star Sports 2/HD, Star Sports 3/HD, Star Gold, Star Utsav, Asianet Movies (Malayalam), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Suvarna TV ( Kannada), Jaya Max (Tamil). UK: Star Gold. USA and Australia: Fox Sports. Southern and Sub Saharan Africa: SuperSport. Middle East and North Africa: OSN. Europe and SouthEast Asia: EuroSport.

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