Match 1 : Atletico de Kolkata vs Kerala Blasters Date, Time, Venue, Preview

First match of Hero Indian Super League season 4 will be played between Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters. The game is about to be played at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, which is situated in Kochi. The match is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM on 17th November 2017.

In the history of Indian Super League, both teams have faced each other in eight head to head matches. Defeating Kerala’s team for five times, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) emerged as the dominant team. Kerala Blasters managed to win only one match against the football club of Kolkata city.

Owned by Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd., ATK maintained a good track record by showcasing excellent performances in all seasons of ISL. Under coach Antonio López Habas, the team won first title in 2014. ATK defeated Kerala Blasters in the opening match as well as in the final game of the first season of ISL.

The team continued to perform well in 2nd as well as in 3rd edition of Hero ISL. The team successfully reached to final of ISL 2016 and defeated Kerala Blasters to lift the title for second time. ATK is the only ISL team to become champions for two times.

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham has been appointed as the new coach of team ATK for the forthcoming season of ISL. Under his mentorship and crucial guidance, Kolkata’s football team is expected to perform well and maintain its unbeaten prestige in this edition of Hero ISL.

On other hand, Kerala Blasters FC too has a good track record with its remarkable performances against all other ISL teams. The team successfully reached to final match in first and third season of ISL. Facing defeats against ATK in both final matches, Kerala’s team ended its ISL journey as runners-up.

In ISL 2014, ATK won 4 matches while Kerala Blasters acquired victories in five games. Atletico de Kolkata lost five matches and Kerala’s FC faced defeats in 5 matches. Earning 19 points from four victories, ATK held 3rd position in ISL standings while Kerala Blasters FC acquired fourth rank in the same table.

In 2nd season of Indian Super League, Atletico de Kolkata registered victories in 7 games. On other side, Kerala Blasters FC won only three matches. Atletico de Kolkata faced defeats in 2 games and Kerala’s team lost four matches. With 23 points, ATK grabbed 2nd place in ISL points table. Earning 13 points, Kerala Blasters remained at the bottom position.

In ISL season 3, ATK acquired victories in 4 games while Kerala Blasters won 6 matches. In the same edition of Indian Super League, Atletico de Kolkata witnessed 2 defeats and Kerala’s FC lost 4 games. ATK earned 20 points from 4 victories and attained 4th position in points table while Kerala Blasters FC grabbed second place in the same table by earning 22 points.

After seeing the overall performances of ATK and Kerala Blasters, it seems that both teams are going to be the tougher competitors throughout this season of Indian Super League. It will be quite interesting to watch how both teams are going to perform in the opening game of India’s domestic soccer league.

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