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I-League 2019-20: Which team has the edge?

The 2019-20 I-League season will kick off on Saturday, with Aizawl taking on Mohun Bagan. Who are the favourites for a title challenge this year? Who is most likely to get relegated? Here is ESPN's primer on all the 11 clubs. 

Chennai City

The Good

The champions have done well to keep hold of star striker, and last year's golden boot winner, Pedro Manzi. They've a lost a few of their regulars, including defenders Edwin Vanspaul and Gaurav Bora, but they've made their name by unearthing hidden...

Eight clubs 'seek answers' from AIFF on future of I-League

Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.
Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.

Even as the I-League season heads towards a close finish -- with three teams still in contention for the 2018-19 title -- eight of 11 clubs have written to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel requesting a meeting on February 20 to "seek answers" regarding the league's future.

The letter -- bearing the names of top office-bearers of Aizawl FC, Chennai City, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala, reigning champions Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, NEROCA and East Bengal -- says...

I-League predictions: Mohun Bagan to pip East Bengal; difficult season for Aizawl

The I-League, still India's top club competition and qualifier for the AFC Champions League slot in early 2020, begins on October 26 with Chennai City FC hosting Indian Arrows.

The highlights of this season include a debut for the first team from Jammu and Kashmir in India's top-flight, the abolition of the mandatory Asian player quota, and a field of 11 teams that will include Churchill Brothers, who had their relegation overturned. Impressive individual performances will also keep India coach...

How the I-League's dramatic final day unfolded

A first-half goal from William Opoku earned Minerva a 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers, helping them seal the title on the final day.
Minerva celebrate winning the I-League

With four teams in title contention at the start Thursday, the final day of the I-League was not short on drama. Here's a recap of how things unfolded.

3pm: Kick-off

Minerva began in pole position, their 32 points putting them ahead of NEROCA (31), Mohun Bagan (30) and East Bengal (30). It meant they just needed a win to put the other three out of contention.

3:15pm: Opoku puts Minerva ahead

William Opoku scored the first goal of the day in Panchkula, taking advantage of some slack defending from...

Advantage Minerva but 'predicting is difficult'

Less than a year ago, they were battling to avoid the wooden spoon. Now, Minerva Punjab go into the final round as favourites to win the I-League

The I-League season will reach its thrilling climax on Thursday, with three matches kicking off simultaneously and four teams in all -- Minerva Punjab, NEROCA, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan -- in with a chance of winning the title. ESPN asked five current and former footballers, including national captain Sunil Chhetri, who they think might breast the tape on Thursday afternoon.

Who holds the edge?

Sunil Chhetri (98 caps for India, four I-League titles as player): I think East Bengal had the advantage...