Kochi, Dec 17: The Indian Super League 2016 has reached its business end as the grand final is due to happen at Kochi on Sunday, December 18.
Atletico de Kolkata have always performed well against Kerala Blasters. The teams have met 7 times till date and Kolkata has won on 4 instances and Kerala have managed to win just once.
Only good news for Kerala fans is that their team are on a 6 match winning streak at home till now which is a really encouraging stat.
Kick-off: 7:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
The match will be telecast LIVE on Star Networks and Hotstar
Jose Molina made 9 changes in the Kolkata's starting XI in the second semi-final against Mumbai City FC. The side did a fairly decent job as they had held Mumbai for a 0-0 draw to qualify for the finals.
Some key players like Iain Hume, Helder Postiga and Sameehg Doutie are likely to come back into starting line-up.
Defender Robert Lalthamuana who had picked up a red card in the semis will be replaced by Keegan Perreira.
Steve Coppell too made quite a few changes in Kerala's second semi-final against Delhi Dynamos. In-form striker Kervens Belfort did not start against Delhi but he is likely to come back in the starting XI
Goalkeeper: Sandip Nandy
Defenders: Sandesh Jhingan, Cedric Hengbart, Aaron Hughes, Josu
Midfielders: Mehtab Hossain, Azrack Mahamat, Didier Kadio
Strikers: CK Vineeth, Mohammad Rafi, Kervens Belfort
Atletico de Kolkata
Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sereno, Keegan Perreira
Midfielders: Borja Fernandez, Jewel Raja; Sameehg Doutie, Iain Hume, Avinash Ruidas
Striker: Helder Postiga
Kerala Blasters 1-0 Atletico de Kolkata
2014: Atletico de Kolkata
2015: Chennaiyin FC