The seventh season of the Indian Premier League (ISL) is perhaps the most anticipated version of the Premier League. Sports around the world, including India, were suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 2019-20 Indian Premier League Final was held behind closed doors in Goa. With sporting activities not resuming in the country since the outbreak of the virus, ISL will take responsibility for managing a league of this magnitude with perfection amid virus fear.ScheduleISL's seventh season has already been delayed. Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), league organizers have selected the window between November 21, 2021, and March 21, 2021, as a possible deadline for hosting the league. The seventh edition will be played behind closed doors in Goa due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Most of the teams begin training in Goa when the foreigners arrive in the state for the season. The matches will be played at the Fätorda Stadium. Bambolim Stadium; And Tilak Medan in Goa.Players are required to go into quarantine periods of between 7 and 14 days with 3 coronavirus tests before starting training with the team upon arrival at Bio Bubble in Goa. East Bengal FC and Chennaiyin FC are the only two teams yet to reach the stadiums.MatchesISL 2020-21 is scheduled to start in the third week of November. It will be the second football event to resume in India after the I-League 2020-21 Qualifiers. ISL is expected to run parallel to the I-League, which is also expected to resume in December at Bio-Bubble in Kolkata. The 2020-21 Indian Premier League matches have not been announced.ISL will see some renewed rivalries as Mohun Bagan (now merged with ATK Mohun Bagan FC) and East Bengal FC will face the Bengaluru FC team at ISL after the I-League split in 2017. Games between Kerala Blasters FC and East are also likely to Bengal FC team turns into contests because both groups of fans are already sharing their pre-season pranks on social media.ISL 2020-21 will see the first new derby in Kolkata when old rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal meet in a renewed showdown in the Kolkata Derby as ATK Mohun Bagan FC and SC East Bengal.TeamsOdisha FC and Hyderabad FC will play the second season of the Indian Premier League in the 2020-21 season. Odisha FC has been renamed Delhi Dynamos FC after changing to Bhubaneshwar, Odisha from National Capital. Hyderabad FC was formed after FC Pune City was closed.ATK merged with I-League's Mohun Bagan to form a combined entity ATK Mohun Bagan FC, while East Bengal entered the league as the eleventh team after joining its Shree Cements investors. The Reds and Golds are expected to play the league as SC East Bengal.Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC will play their fourth season in ISL. The original ISL teams such as FC Goa, Mumbai City FC, Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters FC, and NorthEast United will play their seventh season in the Indian Premier League.PlayersThe Indian Premier League has seen a collective exit from the Premier League. The teams brought in players like Adam Law Founder, Braden Inman, Scott Neville, Gary Hopper, James Donachie, and Stephen Taylor from the A-League. Players like Cy Goddard, Anthony Pilkington, Luis Machado, Costa Nhamoinesu, Facundo Pereyra, Peter Hartley, Igor Angulo, Esmael Goncalves, and Cleiton Silva are other big names who have come to do business in the Indian Premier League.Follow this space as we keep you updated with all the updates of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League.
The seventh edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) is set to begin in less than two weeks. ISL is the biggest arena in Indian football, where the best and brightest of Indian football collide over the course of five exciting months to earn the right to be called the title of India's champions.After six years of history behind it, the league has attracted big names in football from around the world. From former English Premier League winners to Champions League winners, many have claimed the Indian subcontinent.With that said, let's take a look at the top 5 stars in the Premier League who will do their trade in the next edition of ISL.1 - Anthony Pilkington (SC East Bengal)Right now, expectations are high for Anthony Pilkington, who will play SC East Bengal this season. The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international footballer was part of the impressive Norwich City squad that played in the Premier League from 2011 to 2014 before relegating to the tournament.Pilkington's record was particularly good, as he was a staple of the team that survived relegation in the first two seasons. He made 75 appearances for the Canary Islands and scored 14 goals before moving to Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic.2. Gary Hooper (Kerala Blasters FC)At one point in his career, Gary Hopper was among the England team names led by Roy Hodgson. Hopper's quality was so high that he was also a target for several Premier League clubs during his time at Celtic, as he managed to win successive titles.Hopper moved from Celtic to Norwich City before the 2013-14 season and was a regular in the club's starting line-up for most of the season. However, he only scored quite a few goals when he relegated the Canary Islands to the Championship. Hopper will help Norwich return to the league before moving back to the championship with Sheffield Wednesday.3 - Stephen Taylor (Odisha)Stephen Taylor, 34, was one of the first foreign players to sign a club in the International League this season. The former Newcastle United center-back played more than a decade in the Premier League and played more than 200 games before moving to Portland Timbers in the United States.Taylor has signed with Wellington Phoenix in the A-League and signed with Odisha FC at a time when the club desperately needs a center back with a good driving experience. On paper, Taylor sure fits the bill, but it remains to be seen if he can be any good for Stuart Baxter's side.4. Adam Low Funder (Mumbai City FC)The 33-year-old joined Reading before the 2011-12 season and was a huge hit with the club. His 12 goals in 32 matches helped the club secure its rise to the Premier League for the 2012-13 season.Although the royals relegated at the end of the season, Le Founder had a good outing, scoring 12 league goals and taking home the Premier League's Player of the Year award in January.Given that Mumbai City coach Sergio Lopera prefers an offensive style of play, the 33-year-old will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the upcoming ISL season.5. Daniel Fox (SC East Bengal)For a six-foot defender, Daniel Fox is as solid as he looks. The 34-year-old has played twice in the Premier League with two different teams. Fox's first taste in the Premier League came in the 2009-2010 season with Burnley. However, after only 14 games for the club, Burnley was relegated.Fox then managed to help his new club, Southampton, secure the promotion ahead of the 2012-2013 campaign. He kept his place in the starting line-up alongside players such as Jose Fonte, Ricky Lambert, and Morgan Schneiderlin.
The 2020-21 Indian Premier League (ISL) season kicks off at GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa, Friday evening with the Kerala Blasters face off against ATK Mohun Bagan.For the "guest" team in this first match, this is the beginning of a new chapter, as the offseason saw the merger of the English international champion ATK, defending the English Premier League champions ATK, and defending first league champion Mohun Bagan.In this unparalleled season, to be played behind closed doors in Goa, the ISL has been raised by the engravings of two giants from Kolkata. Mohun Bagan merged with ATK, while East Bengal was purchased by Shree Cement and relocated to ISL.This match also has an interesting angle, on Kerala Blasters coach Kibo Vicuna. Last season, Spaniard led Mohun Pagan to win his first I-League title in five years, with a thrilling streak in which he lost just one game.On the other hand, Sandesh Jhingan, who signed with ATK Mohun Bagan in his off-season, is facing a team that he played for in ISL for five years. Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Pagan head to head onThis is the first match for ATK Mohun Bagan in its current form and it has been said that previous ATK FC records will not be carried over to this club.With the core of ATK Mohun Bagan being the same as ATK last year, it will be important to note that they lost their two league matches to Kerala Blasters last season.On opening day in Kochi, Bartholomew Ojpichi a double gave the Kerala Blasters a 2--1 victory as they won 1-0 at Salt Lake Stadium thanks to a goal from Halicharan Narzari. Kerala Blasters Team vs ATK Mohun Bagan NewsKerala Blasters is expected to rest four players throughout the season, with Nishu Kumar taking on a new role as right back. Giselle Carneiro has been named one of the team leaders, so he is sure to start as a left-back.Costa Namueno Baccari will accompany Connie in defense and is expected to protect the four Vicente Gómez at the back, in his role in defensive midfield.The connection between players such as Sahl Abdul Samad, Facundo Pereira, and Gary Hopper will be key to the Kerala Blasters season, and they will look forward to starting this game right away.For ATK Mohun Bagan, Antonio Lopez Habas is expected to maintain the order he played last year, with most of the same staff members from the title-winning ATK team.Terry and Sandesh Jingan will make up three at the bottom alongside Pritam Kotal, with Subhashish Bose and Prabber Das providing a view of the wings.The strike partnership between David Williams and Roy Krishna caused fear in the other teams last season, and those two teams will be keen to continue this year. Predicted XI Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan Kerala Blasters expected an 11th (4-3-3) to be Albino Gomes; Nishu Kumar, Bakary Kone, Costa Nhamoinesu, Jessel Carneiro; Vicente Gomez, Jeakson Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad; Facundo Pereyra, Rahul KP, Gary HooperPredicted Mohun Pagan XI (3-4-1-2 Arindam Bhattacharya; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri; Prabir Das, Pronay Halder, Carl McHugh, Subhasish Bose; Javi Hernandez; David Williams, Roy KrishnaKerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan With the pre-season cut short, it wasn't very easy for Vicuña to train his methods on a new team as well, pretty much. ATK Mohun Bagan has the advantage of continuity in terms of his coach and a large part of his team. Therefore, we are expecting a sailor's narrow victory in this game.Prediction: Kerala Blasters 1-2 ATK Mohun BaganAlso Read: Brazil beats Uruguay 2-0 to stay top of qualifying group
Mumbai City club hosts Northeast United in the international league on Friday, and the islanders need to win to return to the top four after Odisha lost to FC Goa on Wednesday.Mumbai entered the game after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Hyderabad, when a late penalty kick from Marko Stankovic deprived Jorge Costa's team of all points and left them with a share of the spoils.Northeast's hearts were also shattered by their death in their final match, and injury-time winner Balwant Singh was sentenced to their third consecutive loss as they fell 1-0 to ATK. Mumbai City FC v NorthEast United: Match informationDate: 31st January 2020Kickoff: 7:30 PM ISTLive Stream: Star Sports Network and HotstarVenue: Mumbai Football ArenaMumbai City FC v NorthEast United: Team newsMumbai is not expected to make many if any, changes. Jorge Costa loves a steady line-up, and the only change will be whether Modou Sougou is fit enough to be a starting player, in which case he will replace Serge Kevyn.For NorthEast, it just wasn't as good in Asamoah Gyan's absence, and they'll likely feel once again the worst part of not having enough offensive ammo. Andy Keogh and Simon Lundevall are still settling in a new team, a new system, and a new country, so players like Redeem Tlang and Martin Chaves really need to step up and score goals for Robert Jarni 's side. Mumbai City FC v NorthEast United: Probable lineupsMumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh, Sarthak Golui, Prathik Chaudhari, Mato Grgic, Subhasish Bose, Sourav Das, Rowllin Borges, Mohamed Larbi, Diego Carlos, Modou Sougou, Amine ChermitiNorthEast United: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Reagan Singh, Kai Heerings, Mislav Komorski, Rakesh Pradhan, Jose David Leudo, Lalengmawia, Simon Lundevall, Redeem Tlang, Martin Chaves, Andy Keogh Mumbai City FC v NorthEast United: ISL form guideMumbai City FC: D-W-L-L-WNorthEast United: L-L-L-D-L Mumbai City FC v NorthEast United head-to-headThe two sides have met 11 times, Mumbai has a clear advantage, with six wins over the Highlanders.The reverse match in Guwahati saw the two teams draw 2-2, with all four goals coming in the first half. Chermiti scored a brace for Mumbai, while Northeast goals came from Panagiotis Triadis and Asamoah Gyan, both of whom are not with the club at the moment.Mumbai City FC - 6NorthEast United wins - 3Draws - 2 Mumbai City FC v NorthEast United predictionNorthEast seems devoid of ideas, and it really isn't known where they can purchase a target. On the other hand, Mumbai will look to recover after a poor performance in Hyderabad, and Sougou's return should propel them to victory.Prediction: Mumbai City FC 2-0 NorthEast United
Chennai, who reached the final last year, will face the man who inspired them after he took office midway through the season last year. Owen Coyle is now the head coach of Jamshedpur FC and will seek to revive the fortunes of his new club.In his three years at ISL, Jamshedpur FC did not participate in the qualifiers once, and last year it had his worst league result. In a season badly hit by injuries to key players, Jamshedpur finished eighth in the ISL League stages.On the other hand, he replaced the Chennai Cowell with Hungarian Chapa Laszlo and embarked on a rebuilding of sorts, with five new foreigners in the squad this season.Match details:Date: 24th November 2020 Competition: Indian Super League Match Venue: Tilak Maidan, Goa Match Timing: @07:30 PM ISTJamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC Head-to-HeadJamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC have met six times in ISL. Jamshedpur FC defeated Chennai only once, while the ISL Champion twice won two matches, and three more games ended in a draw.Last season, Owen Cowell made his debut as a coach for the Chennai team in an away match at Jamshedpur, which ended in a 1-1 draw. At Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai came out with a comfortable 4-1 victory.Jamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC Team NewsCowell has brought his superstar Nerigus Valskis from Chennai to Jamshedpur FC, and the Lithuanian is expected to start this match at the top. Jackichand Singh is also a great addition to Jamshedpur FC after two great seasons with FC Goa.Captain Peter Hartley and Stephen Eyes will seek to forge a strong partnership at the heart of the defense. In addition to Valskis, Cowell also has an ex-Chennai Rintley player in his ranks and is expected to take on the role of right-back.Much will also be expected from Amarjeet Singh Kim, who was suspended last season due to injuries.As for Chennai FC, Laszlo has already said that what they have been doing last year is unlikely to change much. Anirud Thapa and Edwin Sydney Fansball are expected to continue in midfield, with new signing Reagan Singh to replace Ridley on right-back.Jacob Sylvester will be filling the hole in the shape of a falcis at the side of Chennai, who hopes to get enough service from players such as Rafael Crivilaro and Lalianzwala Changi.Jamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC Predicted XIJamshedpur FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):TP Rehenesh; Laldinliana Renthlei, Peter Hartley, Stephen Eze, Ricky Lallawmawma; Aitor Monroy, Amarjit Singh Kiyam; Jackichand Singh, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Alex Lima; Nerijus ValskisChennaiyin FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa; Esmael Goncalves, Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Jakub SylvestrJamshedpur FC v Chennaiyin FC PredictionOn paper, these are two evenly-matched teams, with some outstanding ability in their squads. We are sitting on the fence and predicting a draw in this game.Prediction: Jamshedpur FC 1-1 Chennaiyin FC
After FC Goa did not find the result as they want on their opening encounter where they drew against Bengaluru FC on 2-2. On the other hand, Mumbai City FC will be looking to open their account against FC Goa after they lost by 0-1 to North East United FC in the opening contest.It will be interesting to see who will open their account in this match when these two colossal teams face off each other on Wednesday.FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC Location:Match details:Date: 25th November 2020 Competition: Indian Super League Match Venue: Fatorda Stadium, Goa Match Timing: @07:30 PM ISTFC GoaMohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Dylan D’Silva, Shubham Dhas, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Aibanbha Dohling, Leander D’Cunha, Mohamed Ali, Sanson Pereira, Sarineo Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Edu Bedia, Flan Gomes, Jorge Ortiz, Brandon Fernandes, Alberto Noguera, Lenny Rodrigues, Redeem Tlang, Seiminlen Doungel, Nestor Dias, Phrangki Buam, Princeton Rebello, Alexander Jesuraj, Makan Chothe, Igor Angulo, Ishan Pandita, Aaren D’Silva, Devendra MurgaonkarMumbai City FCAmrinder Singh, Vikram Singh, Nishit Shetty, Phurba Lachenpa, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Desai, Mehtab Singh, Tondonba Singh, Valpuia, Sarthak Golui, Mohamad Rakip, Amey Ranawade, Ahmed Jahouh, Cy Goddard, Asif Khan, Bidyananda Singh, Hernan Santana, Hugo Boumous, Raynier Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Sourav Das, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Farukh Chouhdary, Adam Le Fondre, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Pranjal Bhumij, Bipin Singh, Vikram Pratap SinghPREDICTED PLAYING 11 FC Goa Vs Mumbai City FCFC GoaMohammad Nawaz, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez, Mohamed Ali, Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Princeton Rebello, Jorge Ortiz, Igor AnguloMumbai City FCAmrinder Singh, Mandar Rao Dessai, Tondomba Singh, Mourtada Fall, Sarthak Golui, Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges, Hugo Boumous, Raynier Fernandes, Adam Le Fondre, Bartholomew OgbechePrediction: FC Goa 2-1 Mumbai City FC Also read: India-Australia Tour 2020 | Full Squad | Schedule | Timings
The second round is underway in the Indian Premier League (ISL) as the teams are slowly establishing themselves and trying to form the right groups from their teams. Kerala Blasters FC Northeast United are hosting the Goa Medical College Stadium in Bambolim on Thursday.The Kerala Blasters lost the first game of the season to ATK Mohun Bagan, 0-1. Blasters showed promise and quality, but ATK Mohun Bagan still outdid them. The lack of practice in the match was an indication that Kibo Vicuña looked out of cohesion.The Blasters played a friendly with Mumbai City Football Club behind closed doors after their first game of the season to work on their fitness. Although Blasters had many areas to work on, there were also some instances of silver lining. The defensive duo of Costa Nhamuinsu and Baccari Kuni looked strong, allowing Vicuña to focus only on midfield to provide enough balls for Gary Hopper.Meanwhile, Northeast United won their first meeting against Mumbai City FC with an unexpected 1--0 score. Mumbai City FC looked flustered and tired, allowing defensive duo Benjamin Lampot and Dylan Fox to be their prime. Gerrard Noss's squad absorbed all the pressure to keep the attack on the counter and surprise Mumbai City FC. The midfield crowd worked brilliantly for the Highlanders.A NorthEast United victory takes them to the top of the league, while a victory for Kerala Blasters will provide much-needed momentum for Kibu Vicuna to start the season.Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC - Everything you need to knowKerala Blasters FC and North East United have met 12 times in the last six seasons of the Indian League. The two teams met only in the regular league season. The two teams were very competitive with each other in their matches.Kerala Blasters has won five times, while the Highlanders have won three. Four matches ended in a draw. The last three confrontations between these two teams ended in deadlock, indicating the quality and competitiveness of the two teams. In fact, the last meeting between the two teams ended in a goalless draw.Results of the last five matches in ISL between Kerala Blasters FC and NorthEast United FCNortheast United 0-0 Kerala BlastersKerala Blasters 1-1 Northeast UnitedKerala Blasters 0-0 Northeast UnitedNortheast United 2--1 Kerala BlastersNortheast United 0-1 Kerala BlastersThe top 3 scorers of last seasonKerala Blasters - Bartholomew Ojpichi (15), Messi Polly (8), Rahul KB (1)NorthEast United FC - Asamoah Jian (4), Redeem Tlang (3), Martin Chaves (3)Clean sheet from last seasonKerala Blasters - 3Northeast United - 3Also Read: Barcelona sack coach Quique Setien after UEFA Champions League exit