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ISL - Indian Super League
Hero ISL 2015 Preview: Atletico de Kolkata vs Kerala Blasters
Atletico de Kolkata start off their home campaign on Tuesday with a match against Kerala Blasters FC. Football legend Pele will grace Kolkata with his presence in the match. Pele, who is the three-time World Cup winner is on a week long trip to India and shall be the guest of honour for the first home match of ATK.

ATK, who are the defending champions of last year will miss many key players in the match against the team they had beaten 1-0 in the final last year. Helder Postiga, who was responsible for the ATK's 3-2 win against Chennaiyin FC in the opening match has gone home after an injury.

In his absence ATK just managed to draw 1-1 against Goa and their Punjab midfielder Baljit Sahni was shown a red card and fined Rs 5 lakh and also faces a two-match ban. Coach Antonio Lopez Habas was also find Rs 50,000 by the All India Football Federation disciplinary committee.

"Besides Postiga and Baljit, ATK will also miss key player Oftense Nato and Indian defenders Arnab Mondal and Rino Anto, who are representing India in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Now the responsibility of breaking through the Kerala Blasters FC defence would lie with Iain Hume and Izumi Arata, under their captain Peter Ramage.

The visitors however have formidable players like former Arsenal striker Sanchez Watt, Barcelona academy's Josue Prieto, Christopher Dagnall and goalkeeper Stephen Bywater. They played as a team against NorthEast United FC and beat them 3-1 at home.

ATK have a less home advantage as they got no time to train on the relaid turf at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

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