Both sides will be looking for their first win of the campaign…….
The Indian Super League season rolls on as Kerala Blasters hosts Atletico de Kolkta in their first home game of the season at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
Both sides come into the game looking for their first win of the campaign. However, they go into the game in contrasting moods. Blasters produced a rather toothless display on opening night in their 0-1 reversal against NorthEast United FC. On the other hand, the Kolkata giants salvaged a point late on against Chennaiyin FC after dominating most of the game.
KBFC have no fresh injury concerns from the last game. However, coach Steve Coppell had indicated there maybe changes given the last performance. However, the Bengaluru FC duo of C,K Vineeth and Rino Anto still remain absent due to AFC Cup duties. However, Haiti internationals Kervens Belfort and Duckens Nozon have not been released and will be available.
For ATK Defensive midfielder Ofentse Nato from Botswana has not yet recovered from his injury while the club is still on the hunt for Pablo Gallardo’s replacement.
Head to Head
ATK have the better of ythe head-to-head between these two sides with Jose Molina’s men winning three against Kerala’s 1 with one match ending in a draw.
Of course these two sides met the Final of the inaugural editing of the ISL with the Kolkata side running out narrow winners.
Man to Watch
Antonio German-Kerala Basters: The English was one of the few bright sparks in a lacklustre performance from the Blasters in Guwahati. Steve Coppell will be hoping his ace forward can deliver the goods in front of the 50,000 strong partisan home support that is expected to turn out tomorrow.
Iain Hume-Atletico de Kolkata: The Canadian forward who turned out for Kerala in 2014 will now play against his old team. Hume had a fantastic first outing this campaign grabbing a deserved equalizer for his side from the spot against the champions. His ability to link up play from deep and off the ball running makes him the perfect foil for leading man Helder Postiga.
Kerala Blasters-Graham Stack ,Hengbart ,Aaron Hughes (c) ,Vinit Rai ,Belfort ,Antonio ,Ishfaq Ahmed ,Mehtab hussain, Rafique, Sandesh , Kadio
Atletico de Kolkata- Debjit Majumder(GK), Arnab Mondal, Pritam Kotal, Robert Lalthlamuana, José Luis Espinosa Arroyo, Borja Fernández(C), Sameehg Doutie, Bikramjit Singh, Javier Lara Grande, Hélder Postiga, Iain Hume.
The match will be teleacast live on Star Sports 2, HD2, Star Sports 1 , HD1, Star Gold, Star Gold HD, Jalsha Movies,
Jalsha Movies HD and Hotstar. You can also follow Live text commentary of the game on Khelnow.com.
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