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ISL 2020-21: Kerala Blasters clash with ATK Mohun Bagan on Opening Night

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The most awaited Indian Super League season is ready for kickoff on twentieth September, Friday evening. Decorated side Kerala Blasters taking on newly merged side ATK Mohun Bagan at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa. Interestingly former Kerala captain Sandesh Jhingan will don ATKMB jersey while former Mariner’s coach Kibu Vicuña will manage Kerala’s side. Here’s the preview for Indian Super League 2020-21 season opener.

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#1. Coaches corner

‘The Big Bull’ Antonio Lopez Habas managed ATK side in 2019-20 Indian Super League triumphant. While ingenious Kibu Vicuña convincingly clinched the I-League title with Mohun Bagan Athletic. Both of them were available options for newly merged ATK Mohun Bagan hence club opted for Habas. It will be exciting to spectate Kibu Vicuña against his former club in the very first match of his tenure at Kerala.

#2. Pre-season friendlies form

Kerala Blasters 2 – 0 Hyderabad FC
Kerala Blasters 0 – 0 Mumbai City
SC East Bengal 3 – 1 Kerala Blasters
Kerala Blasters 3 – 0 Jamshedpur FC

*ATKMB did not play any pre-season friendlies

#3. Head to Head history

The renowned clash between familiar foes called Indian Football Clasico. Even after the merger, the Kolkata club still carrying the adversary which was created by ATK against Blasters. They faced each other in ISL 2014 and 2016 finals where ATK emerged as champions both times. Since then Kerala gained dominance thus Blasters are undefeated against ATK in the last six meetings.

#4. TSD’s Foreign players to watch out for

  • Roy Krishna (ATKMB)
  • Gary Hooper (KBFC)
  • Tiri (ATKMB)
  • Costa Nhamoinesu (KBFC)
  • Javi Hernandez (ATKMB)

#5. TSD’s Indian players to watch out for

  • Sandesh Jhingan (ATKMB)
  • Sahal Abdul Samad (KBFC)
  • Arindam Bhattacharya (ATKMB)
  • Jessel Carneiro (KBFC)
  • Prabir Das (ATKMB)

#6. Probable lineups

#7. Detailed squads

Kerala Blasters

GK: Albino Gomes, Bilal Khan, Prabhakaran Gill, Muheet Khan

DF: Costa Nhamoinesu, Bakary Kone, Jessel Carneiro, Nishu Kumar, Lalruatthara, Abdul Hakku, Denechandra Meitei, Sandeep Singh

MF: Sergio Cidonca, Sahal Abdul Samad, Vicente Gomez, Jeakson Singh, Rahul KP, Seityasen Singh, Prasanth K, Givson Singh, Rohit Kumar, Nongdamba Naorem, Ritwik Das, Lalthathanga Khawrling, Arjun Jayaraj, Ayush Adhikari

FW: Gary Hooper, Facundo Pereyra, Jordan Murray, Naorem Mahesh, Shaiborlong Karpan

ATK Mohun Bagan

GK: Arindam Bhattacharya, Dheeraj Singh, Avilash Paul, Arsh Shaikh, Aryan Lamba

DF: Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Carl McHugh, Pritam Kotal, Prabir Das, Sumit Rathi, Subhasish Bose

MF: Edu Garcia, Javi Hernandez, Bradden Inman, Michael Soosairaj, Pranoy Haldar, Michael Regin, Jayesh Rane, Sahil Sheikh, Ningombam Singh, Glan Martins, Boris Singh

FW: Roy Krishna, David Williams, Manvir Singh, Mohammad Fardin

#8. Scoreline prediction

Kerala Blasters 1 – 2 ATK Mohun Bagan

 

Also Read: ATK Mohun Bagan Squad Preview

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