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Kerala Blasters vs ATK
Indian Super League – Season 4
Date: Friday, 17th November 2017
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi).
Kerala Blasters vs ATK: Preview and Predictions
The football hungry India kick start the fourth edition of Super League with last year’s finalists Kerala Blasters and ATK locking horns at the same venue that hosted the penultimate game last season.
ATK clinched the trophy on penalties last time to claim their second trophy in three seasons. And revenge will be in the mind of Kerala faithful when the team the field before a full-house crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday evening.
The teams had undergone a drastic change in playing squad and management this summer.
The Blasters fans got what they wished for and this time their squad has a more attacking outlook than in previous seasons and a like-minded head-coach in the Rene Meulensteen.
The Dutchman did bring Wes Brown and Dimitar Berbatov, who played under his during his tenure at Manchester United as coaching staff under Sir Alex Ferguson.
On the other hand, ATK part ways with Jose Molina, who is replaced by ex-Tottenham and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham. Robbie Keane is unarguably the biggest name in Kolkata squad. However, the Irishman will miss the first few games due to injury. Meantime, the team also put an end to their alliance with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
Kerala Blasters vs ATK: Head-to-head
ATK had plenty of success in the duels against Kerala Blasters by winning 5 of the 8 games between them, while they drew 2 and lost once.
Kerala’s lone win over ATK came in their inaugural meeting at Kochi back in 2014. They lost three on the bounce here since then, including the defeat by penalty shoot-out in last season’s final.
It will be worth to note that both teams have scored in 6 of those eight meetings.
Kerala Blasters vs ATK: Predictions
It is hard to judge the teams based on their pre-season results as most of those games came against teams from lower leagues. Therefore, we pick our predictions from the estimated strengths of each squad involved.
In a nutshell, Kerala look like a more balanced side on paper and they could have what it take to edge a win here with the noisy home fans on the background.
Correct Full-Time Score: 2-1 Kerala Blasters win @ 9.00 odd
Kerala Blasters vs ATK: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score and Kerala to win @ 4.75 odd will be my first choice.
While Over 2.5 match goals @ 2.10 odd can be kept as an alternate option.