So Finally the the day we have been waiting for has finally arrived as ISL season 6 is all about to kickoff with arch rivals ATKFC taking on the Kerala blasters FC at JLN Kochi today.
Both teams have been very active in the transfer market putting on a strong and balanced side after a poor last two seasons for each of them after they met in finals of ISL season 3.With Habas back in town with ATKFC and Elco schattorie joining KBFC after a successful season with north east united last year there will be battle of strategies going around with this two successful coaches locking horns.
Team News : KBFC
While KBFC had a huge blow in the form of Sandesh jhinghan’s injury during the practice match between India and NEUFC who will not be available for most of the ISL season.KBFC roped in Raju Gaikwad as a late replacement of jhinghan but he won’t be available in the first match due to lack of practice and fitness issues as said by Coach Elco schattorie.
“Opening matches are always difficult , this is part of the game.It is all about stabilising the team ,and I think we ready for to face ATKFC , They have a very strong squad and are one of the best teams in the league” – KBFC coach Elco Schattorie during pre match conference.
KBFC predicted Lineup
Key Players : Gianni Zuiverloon,Bartholomew Obgeche , Sahal Abdul
Team News : ATKFC
While ATKFC has a boost of some top notch foreign players and formidable indian squad is surely one of strongest team on paper.Coach Habas homecoming will certainly mean ATKFC get back the most important ingredient lacking from the last two seasons.
ATK hasn’t had any injury issues however key indian players Anas ethodika and Jobby justin won’t be available for first match.Anas will not be available for the first match due to red card he received during super cup against indian arrows and Jobby justin due to 6 match ban(only 3 left now) put on by the disciplinary committee.
ATK will boost a very strong attacking Lineup with Marquee man Roy Krishna and his former Wellington Phoenix mate David Williams in forward line and well supported in the midfield by Javi Hernandez , Micheal Sossairaj , Jayesh rane and Edu garcia.Defense will be led by John Johnson,Agus garcia with pritam kotal and Prabir on the side backs.We can also see one of our two talented gems Anil Chawan or Sumit Rathi starting today with unavailability of Anas ethodika.
Habas had certainly put a word on list of captains and leaders instead of single one as a part of rotation Captaincy with John johnson, Pritam kotal, Arindham bhattacharya and Pronay halder.Pritam Kotal will however wear the captain’s armband for the first match.
Antonio habas has certainly put importance on the magic word ‛Balance’ and hopefully we will see that aggression and balance back on the field today.
ATK predicted Lineup
Key Players : Roy Krishna , Javi Hernandez ,Micheal Sossairaj
Head to Head
ATKFC and KBFC and played a total of 12 matches wherein ATK has got the better of KBFC 4 times and whereas KBFC has won 2 times against us and half of the matches have been a shared spoilt between the two.
Live on Star Sports network SS1&2
Live streaming on JioTv&Hotstar
TV timing Match kickoff 7.30 IST
For the third time in a row ATK and KBFC will face each other in the opening fixture and we all hope for a cracker of game tonight.
Thats all for no..Keep following ATKfans for all the updates and match news about our beloved club ATKFC..Hopefully we can see the fire and aggresion of Habas and the magic of ATKFC Players tonight.
Prediction Scoreline : KBFC 0-3 ATKFC