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ISL 2019-20: Strength, weakness and what to watch for from each team

The 2019-20 season will be the ISL's first as India's top division.
The 2019-20 season will be the ISL's first as India's top division.

Ahead of the 2019-20 ISL season, ESPN looks at the factors that could make the difference for each of the ten teams in the league. We pick out the one player to watch out for in each team, their biggest strength, the one nagging doubt that clouds their expectations from the new season, and what to watch out for from them.

(Note: the teams appear in the order they finished the last season in, starting with the champions.)

Bengaluru FC

Player: Sunil Chhetri

Strength: A midfield for the ages.


Run, Ashique, run: The Kerala speedster who turned India's premier trickster

If Ashique Kuruniyan's value to the Indian team could be captured in one phase of play, look no further than the first half India played against Thailand at the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019, in Abu Dhabi.

Sunil Chhetri sprinted over to take a throw-in, and as he looked around for support, Ashique, who had started the match in attack in a surprise promotion ahead of Jeje Lalpekhlua, sprinted up to get in line with the central defender marking him. Chhetri released the ball deep into the corner,...

ISL FAQs: Why did Pune and Delhi switch to new teams?

How did the two new ISL clubs - Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC - come to be, and how are they likely to line up for the 2019-20 season? Will these teams be able qualify for the AFC Champions League (ACL) for 2021?

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has not only promoted the ISL to the top division and given a coveted continental slot to the franchise-based league, but their executive committee decided in July to grant the premier ACL slot to the league table toppers.

The AFC Cup slot had...

Hyderabad FC to replace Pune City in ISL

Even as uncertainty looms over the immediate future of the I-League, the franchise-based Indian Super League (ISL) will have a new team based in Hyderabad for the 2019-20 season. 

Hyderabad FC, ESPN understands, will be replacing FC Pune City, a club that has been beset by financial problems over the last couple of years and was reported to be actively considering a merger with Mumbai City FC. The Hyderabad club will be co-owned by Vijay Madduri, an IT entrepreneur, and Varun Tripuraneni,...

Minerva Punjab's no-show latest chapter in Super Cup's fading relevance for I-League clubs

In keeping with their announcement earlier this week, Minerva Punjab did not show up for their opening game of the Super Cup against FC Pune City in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Six other I-League clubs have also threatened to withdraw, and Churchill Brothers are understood to be unsure about participation. What does it mean for the Super Cup and what should fans expect from this tournament?  

The rumours about plans to relegate I-League to the second division behind ISL had resulted in...