Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC will be the two sides that will battle it out for the ultimate prize in this season’s Indian Super League (ISL) final to be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday, March 17.
Both sides finished the regular season as the top two teams on the points table. Bengaluru FC, in their very first season of the ISL ended on top of the standings with 40 points from their 18 outings. Former champions Chennaiyin finished runners-up eight points behind the Blues.
Bengaluru FC had to face FC Pune City in the playoffs. Over at Pune, it ended as a goalless stalemate but led by skipper Sunil Chhetri’s hat-trick in the return leg, the Albert Roca-coached side emerged 3-1 winners to become the first team to book a place in the final.
On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC went into their semi-final second leg at home with an away goal advantage after having drawn over at FC Goa 1-1. Jeje Lalpekhlua scored a brace and Dhanapal Ganesh too added his name to the scoresheet to record a 4-1 victory on aggregate.
It will be the first time in the competition’s four editions that the two teams who finished first and second on the league table will come face to face in the summit clash. Chennaiyin will have a chance to win their second ISL trophy after winning the 2015 edition.
The Abhishek Bachchan co-owned side could equal record two-time champions ATK on the honour board. Bengaluru FC in their very first season of the ISL will have an opportunity to script history on their home ground.
Who will you support as the ball kicks-off for the final time this ISL at 8.00 PM on Saturday?