Eighteenth match of Indian Super League 2017-18 is going to be played between Chennaiyin FC and defending champions – Atletico de Kolkata on 7th December this year. The two teams will be confronting at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, which is situated in Chennai. According to Indian Standard Time, the match is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM.
In last five head to head confrontations, ATK clinched three victories while Chennaiyin FC did not win a single game. Two matches played between these teams ended with equal scores. Chennai’s football club faced maximum defeats against the Kolkata’s soccer club, which has emerged as the most successful football team in all season of Indian Super League.
Owned by Sports Pvt. Ltd. and Kolkata Games, ATK maintained an impressive track record by exhibiting meritorious performances in all editions of the soccer tournament. Under the guidance of coach Antonio López Habas, ATK won first title in 2014. The team beat Kerala Blasters FC in the opening game as well as in the final match of the first season of ISL.
Atletico de Kolkata maintained consistency in its performance in the second as well as third edition of Hero Indian Super League. The popular soccer team managed to reach into final of ISL 2016 and defeated Kerala Blasters once again to lift the title for second time. With the memorable victory for Kolkata’s football fans, ATK became the only ISL team to win the championship for two times.
Famous English striker Teddy Sheringham has been appointed as the new head coach of ATK FC for the ongoing season of ISL. Under his guidance and training, Kolkata’s football club is expected to showcase appreciable performance in this league so as to maintain its unbeaten track record in the history of Hero ISL.
Owned by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, Vita Dani and Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennaiyin FC also maintained admirable track record with its spectacular performances in all seasons of ISL. Under mentorship of coach Marco Materazzi, the football club lifted the first title in ISL season 2. Chennai’s team beat Goa’s team in the final match of 2nd edition of ISL.
Former English midfielder John Charles Gregory has been appointed as the new football manager of Chennaiyin FC for the fourth season of Hero ISL. Under the training and guidance of him, Chennai’s football team is expected to win maximum number of games and create new records in this edition of Indian Super League.
Acquiring victories in sufficient number of matches in first two seasons, Chennai’s soccer team successfully attained strong positions in the list of top four best performer teams in ISL standings. With gradual drop in the performance, the team’s rank declined to bottom place in the point table ISL 2016.
In 1st edition of Indian Super League, Channaiyin FC bagged first position in the points table by sealing victories in 6 matches. On other side, ATK secured 3rd rank by winning 4 matches in league stage. Chennai’s team faced defeats in three games while ATK lost 5 matches. Chennaiyin FC and Kolkata’s team earned 23 and 19 points, respectively.
In ISL 2015, Atletico de Kolkata won 7 games. On other hand, Chennaiyin FC also clinched victories in seven matches. ATK faced defeats in 4 matches while Chennai’s team lost six games in the tournament. Earning 23 points, Kolkata’s FC acquired 2nd rank in ISL point table. With 22 points, Chennaiyin FC seized 3rd spot in the same table.
In third season of Hero ISL, Chennai’s team showcased dull performance in some matches of the league. On other hand, ATK comparatively performed well. ATK earned 20 points from 4 victories and attained 4th position in points table while Channaiyin FC secured seventh rank in the same table by earning 15 points.
After studying the performance of ATK as well as Chennaiyin FC, it seems that both teams have been tough competitors in all seasons of this soccer tournament. It is going to be quite interesting for the audiences to see how these ISL football clubs will be confronting hard for clinching victory in the 18th match of Hero ISL season 4.