Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan
Indian Super League
Date: 20 November 2020, Friday
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET.
Venue: GMC Stadium, Bambolim.
The seventh season of Indian Super League kick-off after a long wait with the most supported teams in the country Kerala Blasters and ATK Mohun Bagan locking horns in a neutral venue in Goa.
ATK who started as a franchise of the ISL back in 2014 is now merged with Mohun Bagan, one of the oldest clubs in India with a legacy dating back to 1889. The former are record and three times champions of the Indian Super League, while Mohun Bagan are defending champions of I-League.
The Kolkata based outfit come into this edition of the competition as hot title favourites after retaining most of the players from last season.
At the same time, Kerala are looking for a revival after three disappointing seasons. They reached the finals on two occasions, the first and third edition, both time beaten by ATK in extra time and penalty respectively.
There is a new look to the team from Kerala, the likes of former Celtic and Norwich City striker Garry Hooper, Costa Nhamoinesu of Sparta Prague and Bakary Koné leading the lines.
Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan Head-to-head & Previous Meetings
There have been 14 head-to-head meetings between ATK and Kerala Blasters and the former registered 6 wins while 4 games ended as stalemates.
However, the Blasters are unbeaten in the latest 5 with wins in 3 wins, 2 of them came in the last season, including a 2-1 win in the season opener.
Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan Prediction
First game of a tournament like this is tough to predict, also the teams hardly had any pre-season games. So, we leave the full-time result and take some tips from the goal market.
We are seeing a trend of high scoring games in football leagues around the world in 2020 and the Indian Super League last season produced a high number of high scoring games throughout the season.
It is also typical for teams to chase the win rather than sitting back and defend and therefore goals are a guarantee, especially the Blasters were at the receiving end of some big turnarounds in the second half last season.
The bookies are kind in setting the odds for goal markets and therefore we take the over 1.5 goals full-time as the safe bet for this game, priced at 1.40 odd. Meantime, brave punters can shoot for the over 2.5 ft for an attractive 2.40 odd.
The presence of strikers like Garry Hooper (former Celtic & Norwich City), Jordan Murray (CC Mariners) and Facundo Pereyra in the Blasters squad and the seasoned A-League duo of Roy Krishna and Danny Williams in the opposite side is an early indication of an attacking game on Friday.
Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan Betting Tips
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.40 odd.