Bengaluru FC to face Kerala Blasters in ISL season-opening clash
The ISL 2023–24 season will start on September 21 with an exciting opening matchup between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters.
The 10th season of the Indian Super League (ISL) for the year 2023-24 is scheduled to commence on September 21. InsideSport can confirm that the inaugural match of this season will witness Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC facing off at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN Stadium). The comprehensive fixture list for ISL 2023-24, which includes all the upcoming matches and completed ones, is expected to be officially unveiled later this week.
The Indian Super League (ISL), the top club football league in the nation, is getting closer by the day to its next season. ISL 2023–24 season looks to be an amazing football extravaganza thanks to the return of previously successful managers to the pitch, the first team to receive promotion from the I–League, and some headline-grabbing additions for every team.
After winning the Durand Cup, the defending champions Mohun Bagan Super Giant are the overwhelming favourites once more. The Mariners have been able to secure the services of Indian regulars like Anwar Ali, Anirudh Thapa, and Sahal Abdul Samad. The team has also made big offshore acquisitions across the board, including seasoned Jason Cummings and Armando Sadiku.
The ISL League Shield winners, who already had an almost perfect team, have increased their advantage with a few minor adjustments. Ahmed Jahouh has been replaced by Yoell van Nieff, while veteran centre-back Tiri has also joined their ranks.
Following the acquisitions of Carles Cuadrat backmarkers East Bengal FC have made some significant progress. Nandhakumar Sekar, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Harmanjot Singh, Javier Siverio, Saul Crespo, and Borja Herrera are just a few of the new additions to the Red and Gold Brigade’s roster. After losing to Mohun Bagan in the championship game, they just lost out on the Durand Cup.
Last but not least, freshly promoted Punjab FC are, at least on paper, significantly behind the other clubs. The Warriors still need to complete three abroad positions, though, and shrewd signings there might improve their prospects.