The Hero Indian Super League season of 2018-19 promises to be bigger and better as football is a growing sport in India. All the latest Indian Super League betting tips & predictions for the season three can be found below.
The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) will begin its fifth season in September, and continue until next year, the second time it has enjoyed such an extended run. Every team will take on each other in a home and away round-robin format that ensures a lot of 90 matches during the league stage.
Last year the competition has been expanded to include 10 teams, with Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur joining the league for the first time.
As the ISL follows the US MLS model, and is franchise-based, instead of using the promotion and relegation system common in most other leagues, the two new teams will have time to establish themselves this year.
The ISL is still very much in its infancy, and its efforts to make football a top sport in India will always struggle in a country where cricket very much dominates the back, and sometimes the front pages, of newspapers and mainstream media.
2018-19 ISL Betting Tips & Predictions here (Best odds with bet365 here)
Jamshedpur FC v ATK Betting Tips:
Jamshedpur FC to win: 10/11 (bet365)
Pune City v Bengaluru FC Betting Tips:
Bengaluru FC to win: 9/4 (bet365)
Delhi Dynamos v Chennaiyin FC Betting Tips:
Chennaiyin FC to win: 10/11 (Betway)
FC Goa v Mumbai City FC Betting Tips:
Mumbai City FC to win: 1/1 (Betway)
Nevertheless, TV coverage of games has brought in millions of viewers, particularly amongst women and children.
Current champions and 2014 winners Atlético de Kolkata must be regarded as the team to beat again this season, especially as their worldwide profile has been raised with the appointment of former Manchester United and Tottenham player, and England international, Teddy Sherringham as their manager.
He joins fellow Englishmen, Steve Coppell, another ex-England international, the new manager of franchise newcomers, Jamshedpur, and John Gregory, formerly on Aston Villa and QPR, who will be managing in the League this season.
Gregory’s Chennaiyin FC, who won the title in 2015, can again expect to be challengers this year, whilst Kerala Blasters, runners-up in two of the three finals, can also be regarded as contenders.
However, with the ISL not starting until November, early predictions about the comparative strengths of the various teams are difficult to make because squads for the coming season have yet to be finalised.
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The ISL has adopted the use of marquee players – past superstars whose presence helps build a fan base and benefit team performance. Past marquee players have included household names like Roberto Carlos, Robert Pirès and Nicolas Anelka.
Atletico de Kolkata or ATK as they are now called, will kick-start the fifth edition of the Indian Super League in 2017 as favourites to win the title but Chennayin will look to defend their title, one they won last year by beating first-timer Bengaluru in the final.
ATK, also the champions of the inaugural season of the ISL, failed to defend their title in the second season. In a hotly contested final, the Goa FC had gone down to Chennaiyin 3-2 to lose the title, after having swept past the Delhi Dynamos in the semi-finals.
Chennaiyin had overcome Atletico de Kolkata 4-2 on aggregate in the other semi-final.
The ISL had begun in 2014 where Chennaiyin topped the points table and were followed by Goa, Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters. In the semi-finals, Kerala Blasters edged out Chennaiyin while two goalless draws between Kolkata and Goa were followed by a shoot-out which the former won 4-2.
In the final, Kolkata edged out Kerala to win the title.
According to latest news coming from the AIFF, the fourth season of the Indian Super League could have up to three more teams participating in the competition. New bids have been invited and three of 10 new cities could be in line to join the existing eight ISL sides.
A 10-team league will last that much longer and it means the ISL could look at a longer run of the competition throughout the year.
Get the latest ISL Betting Tips for 2018 below when they are released by the bookmakers.
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