After 80 days of roller-coaster football action, the third edition of the Indian Super League has reached its climax. Kerala Blasters meet Atletico de Kolkata tomorrow at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi in the final. This is going to be a re-match of the first edition’s final. Two years ago, ATK won the final at their home ground. This time the final is going to be played at Blasters’ home ground. Can the hosts lift the title this time around? Predict it correctly, and you can make money in online betting.
Preview – Kerala Blasters
Kerala Blasters will miss the services of Josu, who used to play as a left back or in the central midfield. Otherwise, all their usual first-choice players are available for selection. The grueling semi final against Delhi Daredevils is likely to take its toll on the players. Many players, including marquee player Aaron Hughes and striker Mohammad Rafi, limped off the field. They are likely to recover in time for the final. Blasters must thank the lion-hearted effort of their defenders which kept the Delhi attack at bay during much of the semifinals. They need a similar display from the defenders and a much improved performance from their strikers in final against ATK.
Preview – Atletico de Kolkata
The Kolkata side is well-rested after their relatively eventless second semi final leg. That would give them a head start going into the final. They have a better attacking unit than their opponent too. Helder Postiga and Iain Hume alone can wreck havoc if given space in the defense. ATK looks like the better team on paper. And they handle the big match situations better than most teams in the ISL.
The head to head record between the teams favours the Kolkata side. Of the seven matches between the sides in the ISL, Atletico have won four, while Blasters have managed just one win. Even at Kochi, which is considered as home bastion for Blasters, ATK have won two of the three matches. In fact ATK is the only team that managed to defeat Kerala Blasters in Kochi.
This will take your best prediction skills for online betting. It is going to be a cliffhanger of a contest. Blasters are going to come hard, egged on by the vociferous fans. However, Kolkata side look set for their second ISL title.
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