ISL 2018-19: Exciting matches to look forward to in September and October

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As we embark on a brand new season of the Indian Super League, let us take a look at the key fixtures in the first two months of edition 5...

The Indian Super League (ISL) returns for its fifth season in 2018-19. With fixtures for the first part of the season revealed, till the break for the AFC Asian Cup, we look at the top ten games in the opening weekend and the first full month of the competition this time.

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    Saturday, 29 Sep - ATK vs Kerala Blasters

    The ISL opens with a bang, renewing the oldest rivalry in the league. The curtain raiser at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata sees two-time champions ATK take on two-time finalists Kerala Blasters. Both ties ended in draws last season but the men from Kochi would be looking to salvage some pride having gone winless against ATK since 2014.
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    Sunday, 30 Sep - Bengaluru vs Chennaiyin

    On the second day, it is the repeat of the 2017-18 final! Bengaluru FC would have a chance to dish out some revenge when the champions come calling at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Interestingly, in the three games played between these two teams, it is always the away side that has prevailed. Advantage Chennaiyin?
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    Wednesday, 3 Oct - Delhi Dynamos vs Pune City

    Miguel Angel Portugal takes a trip to his old stomping ground with his new side. Also with Marcos Tebar going the other way and old boy Marcelinho paying a visit, the JL Nehru Stadium in the capital will have a feeling of familiarity yet surprises. 
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    Saturday, 6 Oct - Chennaiyin vs FC Goa

    Never a dull moment when these two sides meet. The controversial 2015 final, the nine-goal thriller in 2016 and a 3-0 rout by Chennaiyin last season - the Marina Arena can be assured of some high-octane football given an average of 3.6 goals per game in this tie. 
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    Thursday, 18 Oct - Chennaiyin vs NorthEast Utd

    Chennaiyin are already one of the more formidable sides in the history of the ISL but, NorthEast United somehow appear to be their bogey opponents. In eight games, the two-time champions have won and drawn twice each whereas the perennial strugglers have had their number four times. It was only last season that NorthEast lost for the first time in Chennai. Could that remain only a minor blip?
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    Friday, 19 Oct - Mumbai City vs Pune City

    The 'Maha Derby' comes nice and early into the season this time. It has been two years since Mumbai City have been able to squeeze any points out from their neighbours. With both sides going through an overhaul of sorts, it will be interesting to see this matchup.
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    Sunday, 21 Oct - Jamshedpur vs ATK

    Steve Coppell, in-charge of his third ISL team pays a visit to his immediate former employers. While the Englishman oversaw Jamshedpur's first ever season, he now lands up in ATK, in a quest to revive the glory days. Fans in the Jharkhand city will also get to see a glimpse of former Atletico Madrid manager Cesar Ferrando, Coppell's successor, for the first time.
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    Wednesday, 24 Oct - FC Goa vs Mumbai City

    What a record... This tie produces either a dull goalless draw or seven goals in it! 0-0s in the first and third seasons and 7-0 to Goa in 2015 and 3-4 to Mumbai City in 17-18. Tradition indicates it is going to be a stalemate in Fatorda but stats and records are meant to be broken. What can we expect from these Konkan coast team? 
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    Friday, 26 Oct - ATK vs Chennaiyin

    Durga Puja fever looks set to continue even after when the two most successful sides in the ISL lock horns in the City of Joy. In seven games, it has been all equal so far - 3 wins each and 4 draws. It will also be a battle of the Britons as Steve Coppell welcomes old friend John Gregory with a point to prove as the latter stole the plaudits last season.
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    Wednesday, 31 Oct - Bengaluru vs ATK

    On the last day of October, the Bengaluru-Kolkata rivalry lights up again, albeit in a different league. However, it will be the first time Eugeneson Lyngdoh, John Johnson and Malsawmzuala walk into the Sree Kanteerava Stadium not wearing Bengaluru FC colours.