ISL final: Kerala Blasters Vs Atletico de Kolkata - Preview, team news and lineups

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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.

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Sunday's final will be a repeat of the final of ISL 2014 as Atletico de Kolkata take on Kerala Blasters. Blasters have a chance to avenge their defeat and bag their maiden ISL title.

From left: Jose Molina and Steve Coppell (Images courtesy: ISL Twitter handle)

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


Team News

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


Predicted line-ups

Kerala Blasters

Formation: 4-3-3

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

Kerala Blasters formation

Atletico de Kolkata

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sereno, Keegan Perreira

Midfielders: Borja Fernandez, Jewel Raja; Sameehg Doutie, Iain Hume, Avinash Ruidas

Striker: Helder Postiga

Atletico de Kolkata formation

Prediction

Kerala Blasters 1-0 Atletico de Kolkata


ISL champions

2014: Atletico de Kolkata

2015: Chennaiyin FC

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