Bengaluru FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Preview and Prediction

ATK Mohun Bagan will look to close the gap on the top of the Indian Super League table with a win on Tuesday against Bengaluru FC. This mouthwatering clash will take place at the Fatorda stadium.

The Mariners are in second and will be within a point of leaders Mumbai City if they win. They have won their last game 4-1 against Odisha FC with conviction.

The Blues, on the other hand, are going through a rough patch recently. They are currently at sixth and qualification for the play-offs looks uncertain. They drew 0-0 with Chennaiyin FC in their last game.

Bengaluru FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan Preview

Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Habas will be relieved that their attack is producing goals after a quite dry period in front of goal. They scored 7 goals in the last two games. It was the same amount of goals they scored in the previous eight games.

However, he should shift his focus to the defence now. They kept 7 clean sheets in the first 9 games of the season and kept only 1 in the last six. Still, they have conceded the fewest goals in the league.

On the other hand, Bengaluru’s interim head coach Naushad Moosa has his own problems in the team. The Blues have won only once in their last 10 games. This sequence of bad results started when Mohun Bagan defeated, then unbeaten, Bengaluru team 1-0.

Moosa’s target for the remaining games should be to collect maximum points to qualify for the semi-finals. They currently sit 4 points off the last qualifying spot. However, they still have to face the top three teams. So it will be very difficult for the 2019 ISL champions.

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Moosa said that they have to remain positive and give all they have to finish in the top 4. Also, he knows how difficult the task of winning is against the Mariners.

“Positivity is the only way to approach these games. We’re focusing on ATK Mohun Bagan and we know how we need to play. We will give our best for sure, and the environment is positive. We’ve kept two clean sheets [in the last two matches], and that’s a good thing but the way ATK Mohun Bagan have been playing, we know it’s going to be a tough game. The boys know how important this game is.” – Moosa ahead of the game

Moosa’s counterpart Habas was cautious as usual. He wants to focus on each game separately and then think about the final league standings.

“We have to compete in every match. The Bengaluru match is another match in which we have to compete. No two matches are the same. We have a good balance in the team. Now, we are improving in the attack. The target is to be in the top four mathematically. After that we are thinking about the first position in the league stage.” – Habas before the match

Bengaluru FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan Predicted Line-up

Bengaluru FC(4-4-2): GK: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; DF: Harmanjot Khabra, Pratik Chaudhari, Gonzalez, Ajith Kumar; MF: Udanta, Wangjam, Paartalu, Parag; FW: Sunil Chhetri, Cleiton.

ATK Mohun Bagan(4-4-2): GK: Arindam Bhattacharya; DF: Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Subhashish Bose; MF: Manvir Singh, Pronay Halder, Lenny, Hernandez; FW: Krishna, Marcelinho.

Predicted Scoreline: Bengaluru FC 0-2 ATK Mohun Bagan

Bengaluru are struggling and Mohun Bagan are flying high at the moment. So we can expect a convincing victory for the Kolkata giants at the Fatorda. However, in the ISL, nothing can be predicted and all know the quality that the Blues possess. Hence a thrilling encounter awaits us on Tuesday evening.

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