With the new season of the Indian Super League (ISL) just a few days away, teams have started to fine-tune their preparations by playing friendly games against their fellow ISL teams to gain the sharpness required.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, ISL clubs have so far played only friendlies against each other in order to maintain the sanctity of the bio-secure bubble that the players have been put up in. But they have been careful not to reveal too much about their plans for the season. All the friendlies so far have seen the clubs trying out various combinations of players.
FC Goa faced off against Jamshedpur FC in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, November 1, where new signing Ishan Pandita scored a late winner in a 3-2 win for Goa. FC Goa played five foreigners for the first half an hour while Jamshedpur played three.
ISL’s latest entrants SC East Bengal, on Tuesday, beat Kerala Blasters FC 3-1 in a pre-season friendly fixture.
New signings Anthony Pilkington and Yumnam Gopi Singh were on the scoresheet as the Red and Golds took the field in what was Robbie Fowler’s first match in charge.
ISL 2020-21 Pre Season Friendlies: Results so far
October 25: Kerala Blasters 2-0 Hyderabad FC
October 30: Kerala Blasters 0-0 Mumbai City
November 1: FC Goa 3-2 Jamshedpur FC
November 2: Mumbai City 1-0 Chennaiyin FC
November 7: Bengaluru FC 1-1 Hyderabad FC
November 8: FC Goa 3-0 Chennaiyin FC
November 10: Odisha FC 2-3 Mumbai City
November 10: NEUFC 0-0 Jamshedpur FC
November 10: SC East Bengal 3-1 Kerala Blasters
ISL 2020-21 Pre Season Friendlies: Upcoming fixtures
November 11: FC Goa vs Hyderabad FC
November 13: Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City
November 14: Kerala vs Jamshedpur FC
November 14: FC Goa vs ATK Mohun Bagan
November 15: Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC