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Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Know history and head-to-head of ISL’s favourite curtain-raiser

Two of the most popular clubs in the Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan (previously known as Atletico de Kolkata and ATK World) have now become a regular opening fixture in the ISL. Since the 2017-18 ISL season, when these two sides first met in the curtain-raiser over a 0-0 draw, the Indian football board has made it a point to schedule a faceoff between them to kick off the league campaign.

Kerala Blasters have now faced ATK Mohun Bagan in five consecutive season openers, a fixture that has always helped the Indian Super League to commence on a high owing to the clubs’ huge fanbases. Apart from the curtain-raisers, ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters have also contested in some breathtaking encounters over the years, making this fixture a mouthwatering prospect even for the neutrals.

Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan Head-t0-Head ISL stats

Kerala Blasters FC17485
ATK Mohun Bagan17845

Despite being a part of the ISL since its inception in 2014, Kerala Blasters could never get the success that the Kolkata giants achieved. Over the years, ATK Mohun Bagan have changed its name multiple times and more importantly, improved their transfer policy to bring in the right prospects to dominate the league time and again.

The buys of ISL top scorer Roy Krishna, David Williams, creator Hugo Bumous, young sensation Liston Colaco, Euro Cup star Joni Kauko, English anchor Carl McHugh and his Indian partner Deepak Tangri in recent years, all reek of tremendous ambition that the three-time champions want themselves to be associated with.

Kerala Blasters, on the other hand, have got little success in recruiting players. Barring Sahal Abdul Samad and to some extent Sandeep Singh, the Tuskers have largely struggled. Though the incoming of Adrian Luna last summer has raised hope amongst fans, the clubs’ history leaves very little space for it.

Starting as one of the title contenders when ISL had first started, Kerala Blasters did manage to keep Atletico de Kolkata at the bay in the first season when they drew once and won the reverse fixture. However, since the Kolkata outfit defeated Kerala in the ISL 2014 final, they remained unbeaten in the next five games.

Though the Tuskers returned stronger to win three of their next six clashes against ATK and remain unbeaten in the process as well, ATK Mohun Bagan have started a new domineering era with three wins in three encounters.

Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Results

October 26, 2014ATK vs Kerala BlastersISL1-1
November 21, 2014Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL2-1
December 20, 2014Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL final0-1
October 13, 2015ATK vs Kerala BlastersISL2-1
November 10, 2015Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL2-3
October 5, 2016Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL0-1
November 29, 2016ATK vs Kerala BlastersISL1-1
December 18, 2016 Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL final4-5 (penalties)
November 17, 2017Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL0-0
February 8, 2018ATK vs Kerala BlastersISL2-2
September 29, 2018ATK vs Kerala BlastersISL0-2
January 25, 2019Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL1-1
October 20, 2019Kerala Blasters vs ATKISL2-1
January 12, 2020ATK vs Kerala BlastersISL0-1
November 20, 2020Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun BaganISL0-1
January 31, 2021ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala BlastersISL3-2
November 19, 2021 ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala BlasersISL4-2

Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Top Scorers

Roy Krishna: 4 goals, 1 assist

It is no surprise that ATK Mohun Bagan’s star forward and one of ISL’s top goalscorer Roy Krishna has been the most lethal striker for the Kolkata giants against Kerala. The Fijian international loves scoring against the Tusker and has four goals and an assist to his name against Kerala in the Indian Super League.

Bartholomew Ogbeche: 2 goals  

Kerala Blasters’ best weapon against ATK was Bartholomew Ogbeche, who had followed Eelco Schattorie when the Tuskers had poached the Dutch coach from NorthEast United FC. And the Nigerian turned out to be a good investment as well with his 2 goals against ATK, which came at a winning cause.

When will ATK Mohun Bagan face Kerala Blasters FC next?

The very recent encounter between ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters took place on the first day of the ongoing ISL 2021-22 season when the Mariners emerged 4-2 victorious at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Goa. The date of their next clash, the reverse fixture, is yet to be released by ISL. 

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