A new season of Hero ISL is here and we fantasy players are all excited with straight four months of Indian footballing action. The first match will be played between the defending champions ATK against Kerala Blasters FC, both the teams have faced each other eight times out of which ATK has won seven of them including finals of 2014 & 2016. Both the teams have good set of Indian and foreign players, and it will be a great contest in hand.
This season ATK is in the hands of Teddy Sheringham and techincal director Ashley Westwood. Ashley has been in Indian
footballing circuit before while coaching Bengaluru FC. So expect ATK to have good balance of Indian and foreign players. Big injury news coming out from ATK is star striker Robbie Keane has been injured during the pre-season and will be out for few weeks, Jayesh Rane is also reported to be injured. Even though they have Jussi Jääskeläinen as marquee player in keeper position, Debjit Majumdar will don the goal keeping duties.
ATK played five matches in preseason and won all five of them, with Robbie Keane being the top scorer but with the absence of Robbie Keane, Robin Singh will start along with Njazi Kuqi.
Kerala Blasters will get down to business to break the jinx of ATK, as said earlier, both team have met eight times but KBFC won just once. During the pre match press conference, the head coach said there are no injuries and all the players are ready to go. That means the big names like Dimitar Berbatov and Wes Brown will start today, but we feel the biggest name in KBFC is Iain Hume and he would be roaring to go against his ex-team.
KBFC played five matches in preseason and won two, lost one & drew 2, which doesn't exibit great form from them.
ATK: Robbie Keane & Jayesh Rane are expected to out for 2-3 weeks
KBFC: No injuries
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