Kerala Blasters will be excited to start their season on a good note under their new head coach Eelco Schattorie but face ATK, who has one of the strongest squads on paper this year. The last Blasters reached the play-offs in 2016 and will target a much better campaign. Kerala Blasters has changed their entire foreign contingent, bringing in some well-established names such as Bartholomew Ogbeche, Gianni Zuiverloon, Mario Arques and others apart from some promising players like Raphaël Messi Bouli. They also have several young Indian stars like Sahal Abdul Samad. But the absence of Sandesh Jhingan will be a big blow to them even because they have brought a replacement at Raju Gaikwad.
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On the other hand, all eyes are focused on ATK this season. With a squad that has many big names and head turners, they are expected to be a big threat to other teams. They have brought a number of new faces, including 2018-19 A-League Gold Shoe winner Roy Krishna and former Phoenix Phoenix colleague David Williams. This duo contributed 29 goals for 'nixes' Last season and it was almost certain to start with Krishna taking a central position and Williams operating from outside. Former Jamshedpur FC sensation Michael Soosairaj is likely to take the other side, with Edu Garcia operating in the role of playmaker in the hole, making for a devastating big four. Pronay Halder and Sehnaj Singh can be two defenders in midfield.