Indian Super League 2020-21 Match 1
Kerala Blasters vs. ATK Mohun Bagan – Fri, 20th November
ISL 2020-21 Match Prediction
The ISL 2020-21 season opener will witness Kerala Blasters FC host the defending Champions ATK Mohun Bagan (Formerly ATK which merged with Mohun Bagan FC) at the GMC Stadium Bambolim in Goa.
Head to head these two teams have played 14 matches in the history of ISL. ATK leads the tally with five wins over Kerala Blasters’ 4 wins and with five tied games. This match is between the finalists of the first season of ISL 2014. Our ISL Match Prediction claims, ATK Mohun Bagan under the captaincy of the Fijian striker Roy Krishna, will win this season opener against their original rivals Kerala Blasters.
ATK Mohun Bagan will win this game.
ATK Mohun Bagan has all their bases covered. They have an enviable squad depth with several quality players vying for a starting berth in each position. Manager, Antonio Habas and skipper Roy will face the problem of “Problem of plenty”. Krishna is significantly central to whatever success ATK Mohun Bagan will hope to have this league. He ended the previous season with 21 goal contributions of his team; leading from the front. With primarily the same core from ATK’s last ISL cup-winning season, Habas is unlikely to tinker too much with his formation. It would make sense to introduce just a couple of new players like Carl McHugh and Bradden Inman and in the squad that he used last season.
The sheer quality in the squad means Bagan will have a capable bench. There are players in the team who can come in as a substitute and can change the complexion of any match. Moreover, it will instil a spirit of healthy competition in the squad, which will mean that all players cannot afford to relax or afford a dip in form.
The other contenders Kerala Blasters FC, look like a strong team to seal a play-off spot for the first time in years. The Yellow Brigade has been on a spending spree this season, bringing in numerous high-profile players. With a right blend of youth and experience along with a proven coach in Kibu Vicuna, the Kerala Blasters on paper seem like one of the most balanced teams in the Indian Super League.
Kerala Blasters have bolstered their backline with two substantial foreign imports in former PSG defender Bakary Kone and Zimbabwean Costa Nhamoinesu. Despite losing their defensive lynchpin Sandesh Jhingan, they roped in Nishu Kumar as the highest-paid Indian defender. They have also sealed the most significant transfer of the summer by signing English striker Gary Hooper. If Hooper is provided uninterrupted service and the backline clicks as expected, he can be lethal.
The Kerala Blasters will begin their ISL 2020-21 campaign against defending champions ATK Mohun Bagan in the season-opener on November 20th at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa. On that note, we look at a tactical preview of what will be coming from the two gaffers on the night of season opener.