ISL: Kerala Blasters Vs Atletico de Kolkata - Preview, team news and expected line-ups

Kochi, Oct 5: Kerala Blasters take on Atletico de Kolkata in a crucial day 5 encounter in the Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi.

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While home side Kerala Blasters started their campaign on a low suffering a defeat in the opening match of the season against NorthEast United FC, Atletico de Kolkata were held for an exciting 2-2 draw by Chennaiyin FC.

Kerala Blasters Vs Atletico de Kolkata (Image courtesy: Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata Twitter handles)

Both the teams will be eyeing full three points from today's clash in order to move ahead in the league table. 

Kick-off: 7:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi

The Match will be telecasted on Star Sports Network and Hotstar.

Team News

Kerala Blasters might make a change in their first team squad who had suffered a defeat at the hands of NorthEast United FC in the opening day fixture.

We expect former English Premier League striker Michael Chopra start in the game against Atletico de Kolkata in place of Haitian international Kervens Belfort.

The yellow brigade will be still without the services of star players like CK Vineeth and Rino Anto who are yet to join the squad due to their AFC Cup commitments with I-League side and parent club, Bengaluru FC.

Atletico de Kolkata are expected to retain the same eleven players who had started in the game against Chennaiyin FC on October 2.

The team played quality football but failed to hold on to their lead. One of the goals which they conceded was extremely unlucky as Hans Mulder's shot had took a deflection of an Atletico defender and went inside.

Predicted XIs

Kerala Blasters

Formation: 3-4-3

Goalkeeper: Graham Stack

Defenders: Sandesh Jhingan, Aaron Hughes, Cedric Hengbart

Midfielders: Ishfaq Ahmed, Mehtab Hossain, Didier Kadio, Vineet Rai

Strikers: Antonio German, Michael Chopra, Mohammad Rafi

Kerala Blasters formation

Atletico de Kolkata

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Debjit Mazumder

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Arnab Mondal, Tiri, Robert Lalthlamuana

Midfielders: Borja Fernandes, Bikramjit Singh; Sameegh Doutie, Iain Hume, Javi Lara

Striker: Helder Postiga

Atletico de Kolkata formation


Kerala Blasters 1-2 Atletico de Kolkata

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