Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) runners-up Kerala Blasters (KBFC) will hope to be third time lucky in their title bid for ISL 2020-21.
For a third-consecutive ISL season, KBFC will open their campaign against defending champions ATK Mohun Bagan, this time on November 20 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.
It will be a new-look Kerala Blasters side in the ISL this season. Spaniard Kibu Vicuna, who has served as an assistant at La Liga’s Osasuna and Polish side Lech Poznan, has been brought in as head coach.
It will be a battle of wits for him in his first assignment against fellow Spaniard and twice ISL champion coach Antonio Lopez Habas.
It will also be an early reunion with Kerala Blasters for India international defender Sandesh Jhingan, who moved to ATK Mohun Bagan before the start of the season.
Though KBFC lost a long-serving and experienced hand in Jhingan, they have plugged the gap by bringing in Burkina Faso’s Bakary Kone.
Kone, who has played for Lyon in Ligue 1, will bring some much-needed experience of the top level in Europe and his inputs will be essential for young India international Nishu Kumar in marshalling the defence.
The forward line has been bolstered by the arrivals of Englishman Gary Hooper, who played as a striker for Norwich City and Celtic, and Australian Jordan Murray.
They will be supplemented in attack by young winger Jeakson Singh, who scored India’s first-ever goal in a FIFA tournament when he netted against Colombia in the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017.
KBFC will play a total of 10 matches until January 10. Rest of the fixtures will be announced later.
Kerala Blasters ISL 2020-21 fixtures, dates and live start times
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Friday, November 20
Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan, 7.30 PM IST
Thursday, November 26
Kerala Blasters FC vs NorthEast United FC, 7.30 PM IST
Sunday, November 29
Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala Blasters FC, 7.30 PM IST
Sunday, December 6
FC Goa vs Kerala Blasters FC, 7.30 PM IST
Sunday, December 13
Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC, 7.30 PM IST
Sunday, December 20
Kerala Blasters FC vs SC East Bengal, 7.30 PM IST
Sunday, December 27
Kerala Blasters FC vs Hyderabad FC, 7.30 PM IST
Saturday, January 2
Mumbai City FC vs Kerala Blasters FC, 7.30 PM IST
Thursday, January 7
Kerala Blasters FC vs Odisha FC, 7.30 PM IST
Sunday, January 10
Jamshedpur FC vs Kerala Blasters FC, 7.30 PM IST
Where to watch Kerala Blasters live in the ISL?
All Kerala Blasters ISL 2020-21 matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports HD and SD TV channels.
Online live streaming of KBFC’s ISL matches will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.