Kochi, Dec 17: The Indian Super League 2016 has reached its business end as the grand final is due to happen at Kochi on Sunday, December 18.
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Atletico de Kolkata have always performed well against Kerala Blasters. The teams have met 7 times till date and Kolkata has won on 4 instances and Kerala have managed to win just once.
Only good news for Kerala fans is that their team are on a 6 match winning streak at home till now which is a really encouraging stat.
Kick-off: 7:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
The match will be telecast LIVE on Star Networks and Hotstar
Jose Molina made 9 changes in the Kolkata's starting XI in the second semi-final against Mumbai City FC. The side did a fairly decent job as they had held Mumbai for a 0-0 draw to qualify for the finals.
Some key players like Iain Hume, Helder Postiga and Sameehg Doutie are likely to come back into starting line-up.
Defender Robert Lalthamuana who had picked up a red card in the semis will be replaced by Keegan Perreira.
Steve Coppell too made quite a few changes in Kerala's second semi-final against Delhi Dynamos. In-form striker Kervens Belfort did not start against Delhi but he is likely to come back in the starting XI
Goalkeeper: Sandip Nandy
Defenders: Sandesh Jhingan, Cedric Hengbart, Aaron Hughes, Josu
Midfielders: Mehtab Hossain, Azrack Mahamat, Didier Kadio
Strikers: CK Vineeth, Mohammad Rafi, Kervens Belfort
Atletico de Kolkata
Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sereno, Keegan Perreira
Midfielders: Borja Fernandez, Jewel Raja; Sameehg Doutie, Iain Hume, Avinash Ruidas
Striker: Helder Postiga
Kerala Blasters 1-0 Atletico de Kolkata
2014: Atletico de Kolkata
2015: Chennaiyin FC