ISL 2020-21 news, Predicted starting XI: Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan

ISL 2020: Ahead of the opening match of the Indian Super League (ISL) season seven, we look at the predicted starting XIs and possible formations for both Kerala Blasters vs ATK ATK Mohun Bagan.

Blasters' Sahal Abdul Samad and ATK Mohun Bagan's Roy Krishna.   -  Twitter

The Indian Super League (ISL) season seven will kick off with a marquee fixture between Kerala Blasters and ATK Mohun Bagan at the GMC Bambolim Stadium in Goa on Friday.

Last season's ISL champion ATK and I-League champion Mohun Bagan have merged as one entity - ATK Mohun Bagan - earlier this year and will be the team to beat.

Update (Starting XIs announced)

Kerala Blasters

Abino Gomes; Prashant K, Costa Nhamoinesu, Bakary Kone, Jessel Carneiro; Sahal Abdul Samad, Sergio Cidoncha, Vicente Gomez; Ritwik Das, Nongdamba Naorem, Gary Hooper

ATK Mohun Bagan

Arindam Bhattacharyya; Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Pritam Kotal; Prabir Das, Pronay Halder, Javi Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Michael Soosairaj; Roy Krishna, Edu Garcia

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This contest has interesting sub-plots with Sandesh Jhingan, the former Blasters captain and a player of the club for six years, made a stunning move to join the powerhouse ATK Mohun Bagan.

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Kibu Vicuna, who led Mohun Bagan to the I-League crown, lost out to his counterpart Antonio Habas in the race to be named the coach of ATK Mohun Bagan, and will now line-up against it from the Blasters bench.

Both teams have strengthened significantly over the off-season and the match has all the makings for an exciting start to the new season.

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Kerala Blasters predicted XI (4-3-3)

Abino Gomes; Nishu Kumar, Costa Nhamoinesu, Bakary Kone, Jessel Carneiro; Sahal Abdul Samad, Sergio Cidoncha, Vicente Gomez; Facundo Pereyra, Gary Hooper, Rahul KP

ATK Mohun Bagan predicted XI (3-5-2)

Arindam Bhattacharyya; Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Pritam Kotal; Prabir Das, Michael Regin, Javi Hernandez, Carl McHugh, Michael Soosairaj; Roy Krishna, David Williams

We have got you covered for your fantasy Blasters-ATK Mohun Bagan XI. Captaincy pick: Roy Krishna

Combined Blasters-ATKMB XI

Arindam Bhattacharyya; Prabir Das, Sandesh Jhingan, Bakary Kone, Jessel Carneiro; Rahul KP, Carl McHugh, Javi Hernandez, Michael Soosairaj, David Williams, Roy Krishna

ISL 2020 will be televised live on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar.

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