The opening fixture is set to be a chance at revenge after Kerala Blasters walked out of the game thereby forfeiting the match against Bengaluru FC.
The fixture list for the 10th season of the Hero Indian Super League is here. Take a look at the schedule below.
The 10th edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) is almost here. The highly anticipated fixtures list has also been released. In the 10th edition of the tournament, there will be a total of 12 teams competing making it the highest in the competition’s history. The majority of the games will take place at 8 with a few taking place at 5:30 PM as well.
The opening fixture will feature the Kerala Blasters taking on last year’s runners-up, Bengaluru FC. The match will be a highly anticipated contest with the Blasters team who forfeited the play-off game against Bengaluru after Chettri’s controversial goal. The opening fixture will occur in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi on September 21, 2023, at 8 PM.
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Punjab FC is the newest entrant in the league with their home matches being held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi. Their opening match will be up against the defending champions Mohun Bagan Super Giants which will take place on September 21, 2023, at 8 PM at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan also known as the Salt Lake Stadium.
Check out the fixture lists for this season of the ISL below.
The next four months will be filled with action as the Indian footballing journey continues for the 10th season.
The tournament will not be a closed competition as it once was. The season will have added incentive for sides not to be relegated to the I-League. The promotion of Punjab into the ISL will mean that one side will go down the league which finishes last in this campaign.
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This will make the bottom tier of the league more interesting as well as we have seen in the other top leagues. Teams can change their fate if they escape relegation. In England, it was not too long ago a side like Newcastle Aston Villa or even Brighton was amongst the bottom tier in the Premier League but with adequate investment, quality scouting and good managers it is possible to compete with the top clubs who have a massive advantage in terms of investment in the club.
Looking at the league’s history, it is NorthEast United FC who have finished last the most. Finishing bottom in three instances odds are likely that they could be the ones relegated but we are yet to see if the likes of Punjab FC have what it takes to compete with the sides from the ISL.
It will definitely be interesting to see the fight to stay in the ISL at the bottom and see who would eventually get relegated and who is set to come up from the I-League as well.