The long wait for all the Enthusiastic Football lovers across India is finally over. The reason is that the (Indian Super League) ISL kick start the third ISL edition on 1st October 2016. However, we are about to witness the ISL opening ceremony at Guwahati in North East United’s home stadium. Thereafter the visitors Kerela Blasters to play the host North East United for the 1st ISL game which starts 7 pm local time
North East United Vs Kerela Blasters (ISL 2016)
Date: 1 October 2016.
Venue: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.
Time: 7.00pm IST
Broadcasters: Star Sports (English) Star Gold (Hindi)
North East United has never reached the top 4 spot till the end of the League. However, the Highlanders will surely be optimistic under the new coach Nelo Vingada who is nicknamed ‘The Professor’. Didier Zokora the England International is the new marquee player for North East this season. Moreover, Nicolas Velez, the star Argentinian striker also renowned as a super sub for most of the Matches is a player to Watch .
They do have a brand new face at the Goal which will be secured by Indian International Subrata Paul. Although it will be a tough choice to replace Rehenesh T.P. who has been outstanding for the North East in the past years will now be replaced by Subrata Pau.
Cedric Hengbartis back to his old club where he was the captain for NorthEast United for second ISL season. Moreover, Cedric will pair up with a marquee signing Aaron Hughes in the Kerela Defense. Aaron Hughes recently represented Northern Ireland playing XI from the EURO CUP 2016 competition.
While the youngster Vinit Rai might get a chance to play in front of his hometown crowd. Chadian Azrack Mahamat is unavailable for the Blasters as he is ruled out for this week. Whereas East Bengal’s Defensive midfielder from the I-League. Mehtab Hossain to play a crucial role for his side.
North East United(4-4-2)
Paul, Gurung, Lazaretti, Mailson, N. Chettri, Rowllin, Zokora, Katsumi, Halicharan, Alfaro, Velez
Stack, Ishfaq, Hengbart, Hughes, Jhingan, Josue, Mehtab, Vinit, Nazon, German, Mohd Rafi
North East United Vs Kerela Blasters Predictions
Both teams will walk shoulder to shoulder as they have an exceptional marquee player key factor in their team. However, I would rate the Kerela Blasters slightly better than the North East United Defensively. Although attacking wise, Highlanders have an upper edge with the pair of Strikers they have. I would Predict a 1-1 Draw for this 1st fixture of the ISL 2016. Mohd Rafi to score for Kerela whereas Velez to score the first North East goal this season.