Indian Super League is back in action at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium(Kochi) with the encounter of Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata.

Having played 12 matches so far, Kerala Blasters have won just one game beating ATK 2-0 on the opening night, and are currently struggling at 8th place, desperate to get a win. Atletico de Kolkata, on the other hand, have won 4 Matches and are now at 6th place, facing difficulties to reach the top 4 spots.

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Kerala Blasters:

Despite having won just one match this season, the home side is desperate to win their upcoming fixture against ATK to make it 6 out of 6 possible points as they’ve met earlier in this season. Kerala Blasters were put to shame by Mumbai City as they lost 6-1 to them, which then led to the exit of their manager David James. The doors were open for a new manager as they appointed Nelo Vingada, the former NorthEast United FC coach.

Kerala Blasters signed Cyril Kali who’s intended to help in removing the palpitations in the back line alongside Sandesh Jhinghan and should provide a mean-looking partnership in the central defence.

Injury and Suspension:

Anas Edathodika, the former Jamshedpur FC player, was irregular in the first team line-ups due to his injury. He joined Kerala Blasters this season missing the first three matches due to injury and was given green signal to finally start his new campaign with his new team. However doldrums did not leave their side as Zakeer Mundampara, the midfielder was handed six-match ban which means he would miss the entire season.

 

Atletico de Kolkata:

ATK had an anti-climax season in the last tournament finishing 9th place in the league. Following their let down, ATK agreed to appoint Steve Coppell as the new head coach for the 18-19 season. Coppell is better known for his compact style of playing mainly concentrating on defence.

Having lost to Kerala Blasters on the opening day of this season, ATK will be furious to take revenge. The team is without a win in their last 6 matches this season, having troubling to score as they are the least scoring side with just 10 goals. ATK sitting 6th on the table still have dogmas of faith to reach the top 4 with 5 matches to be played still left. ISL coming to its business end, ATK cannot bear the expense of losing any game now.

Injury and Suspension:

ATK are fortunate enough this season as they have to deal with less injured players. Struggling with knee injury Prabir Das(RB) is the only regular player who is out of the squad. To elevate the morale Kalu Uche returning from grade 3 quadricep tear injury, gives some amount of hope to his side to challenge in the top 4 battle.

 

Form guide :

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Head to head:

The city of joy lead the overall head-to-head encounters with 4 wins,4 draws and 2 losses, one of them being 2-0  on the opening match against Kerala Blasters this season.

Key players:

Kerala Blasters- Anas Edathodika, C.K.Vineeth, Jhingan, Poplatnik.

ATK- Arnab Mondal, John Johnson, KaluUche, Lanzarote.

Probable XI:

Kerala Blasters- Moirangthen; Edathodika, Kali, Jhingan, Lakic-Pesic; Samad, Narzary, Krcmarevic, Doungel, Vineeth; Poplatnik.

ATK –Arindam; Johnson, Bikey, Mondal, Ankit; Lanzarote, Santos, Lyngdoh, Hitesh, Rane; Uche.

Predicted Score:

KB 1-2 ATK.

FANTASY TIPS FOR THE GAME:

Goalkeeper:

Arindam: ATK’S  goalkeeper has been in fine form helping his team to enjoy one of the best defences. ATK has conceded just 11 goals so far this season, second least to Bengaluru FC.

Defenders:

Kali: The new signing for Kerala Blasters Cyril Kali is here to provide some serious defending. The 35 years old French footballer is keeping all the attacking danger under his check.

Jhingan: Another defender from Kerala Blasters is proving is worth in the team. Pairing up with Kali he will now be more confident.

J.Johnson: An English footballer comes with experience is more likely to be in the starting 11 for ATK. He is also a threaten the set pieces with an ability to jump and head the ball.

Midfielders:

Doungel: With 2 goals and 3 assists in 12 matches Doungel is a must pick for your fantasy team.

Krcmarevic: Serbian professional footballer already netted 2 goals in 9 matches for Kerala Blasters. With his ability to intercept the passes you might want him in your fantasy team.

Lanzarote: The captain of ATK Lanzarote is a must pick for you. He’s been in good form scoring 3 goals in the competition.

H.Sharma: He’s more likely to be in playing 11 for ATK. Not finding the net so far this season, Sharma will be more determined to score a goal.

Forwards:

CK.Vineeth: Vineeth has failed to score in his last two matches, but he has scored two goals making him one of the favorites in his side.

Uche: Returning from his injury ATK ’s forward Uche has just scored once in his last five matches. He is expected to be in the lineups and is likely to produce a beautiful game for away side.

Poplatnik: The Slovenian footballer has scored 2 goals so far this season, making him a starter in his side. He has a difficult task to do- to follow the footsteps of Hume.

Tournament – Indian Super League 2018-19

Home team- Kerala Blasters

Away team- Atletico de Kolkata.

Stadium- Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

Kick-off – Friday, 25th Jan 2019 at 7:30pm.

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