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ISL: The story so far

With 6 rounds of matches already played in the Hero Indian Super League, the league table is starting to take shape and we can start to identify the dominant teams and perhaps also predict what the final standings might look like before we move into the knockout stage of the tournament.

Pune City FC have put last season’s bottom-half disappointment behind them and have made a relatively robust start this season. This has resulted in them topping the table at this point of time. The form of their strikers upfront has played a pivotal role in this upheaval of fortunes – Kalu Uche has scored 4 while EPL veteran Tuncay Sanli has scored 3. The team are also the ones with the most goals in this campaign.

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Pune’s neighbours Mumbai City FC have a similar story. They too are currently 5 places higher than their final standings last season. Again, this too can be attributed strongly to their strike-force – India captain Sunil Chhetri is the league’s joint top goal scorer with 6 goals.

NorthEast United FC look like they will be repeating their disappointing performance this season too. They are already close to the bottom of the table and their form says that that is unlikely to change.

Chennaiyin FC are currently mid-table and need to steady their ship a bit to achieve the heights of last season viz. topping the table.

Kerala Blasters FC will be hoping for a change in fortunes as they look to appoint a new coach. Yesterday, Peter Taylor became the first managerial sacking in the Indian Super League’s young history. The Blasters have had only one win in six.

Last season’s champions Atletico de Kolkata and in-form Delhi Dynamos square off at the Salt Lake stadium in Calcutta today. ATK are desperate to be a part of the top half of the table while a win for Delhi will see them join Pune at the top of the table.

 

 

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