ATK Mohun Bagan is having a decent season till now and they are currently holding 2nd spot in the league table. Mariners have earned 20 points from 10 matches in total while managing a record of 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.
Right behind the Mariners, FC Goa are at the 3rd spot in the league table after having 5 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in 11 matches which gave them 18 points. The Gaurs are a tough team who likes to dominate the game.
FC GOA VS ATK MOHUN BAGAN PREVIEW:
The Gaurs struggled initially in the league and been through few slumps in-between their winning run. The Head Coach, Juan Ferrando, have been trying to fix that winning mentality in the team and it has shown results. Coming with loads of confidence after thrashing Jamshedpur FC in the previous game by 3-0 and kept themselves ahead of Hyderabad FC by 2 points.
The Gaurs have scored 16 goals and conceded 11 whereas the team with the highest number of goals is Mumbai City FC (17 goals). Igor Angulo is the top scorer for FC Goa and in the League as well with 9 goals to his name in 11 matches. Their defense have been a little shaky as compared to their attack and with their goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz, the Gaurs have just kept 2 clean sheets.
ATK Mohun Bagan had the chance to stay at the top of the league but slipped to the 2nd spot after their defeat against Mumbai City Fc by 0-1. The Mariners have been disciplined as a team and still following the tactics of Head Coach Antonio Lopez Habas.
The Mariners have scored 10 against their 4 goals conceded which make them the team with least goals conceded jointly with Mumbai City FC. Antonio Lopez’s side had been convincingly good as they had maintained 7 clean sheets in 10 games. Roy Kumar has been their top scorer with 6 goals so far and the captain, Arindam Bhattacharya, has delivered spectacular performances week-in week- out.
Both the teams have already met once in the earlier half of the season where ATK Mohun Bagan defeated FC Goa with their disciplined game by 1-0. In the last 5 games, FC Goa had 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 loss whereas ATK Mohun Bagan also have the same record.
FC GOA VS ATK MOHUN BAGAN TEAM NEWS:
With one game in hand, ATK Mohun Bagan will come for the game to decrease the point gap with Mumbai City FC. Antonio Lopez was a little disappointed with the previous performance against the Islanders where they conceded from open play.
The Mariners would be playing without their suspended player Pronay Halder while their key players will be their forwards Roy Krishna and David Williams.
For FC Goa it is an opportunity to come close to the Mariners where they would love to come back with three points. As Juan Ferrando’s side are more confident on their attack.
There are no suspensions and injuries for the Gaurs while there would be no change in the squad. The players for them would be Igor Angulo and Jorge Ortiz.
PREDICTED LINE-UPS AND SCORE:
FC Goa (4-3-2-1): Naveen Kumar; James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez, Saviour Gama; Lenny Rodrigues, Alberto Noguera, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Igor Angulo; Jorge Oritiz
ATK Mohun Bagan (4-3-3): Arindam Bhattacharya; Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Subhashish Bose; Glan Martins, Javi Hernandez, Edu Garcia; David Wiliams, Manvir Singh, Roy Krishna
FC Goa 0-1 ATK Mohun Bagan
Game styles of teams are opposite to each other and we might see FC Goa creating pressure while attacking but ATK Mohun Bagan has been consistently a better side in terms of defense. Counter attacks might be the opportunities for the Mariners to seal the game but the unpredictability of football is what makes it more entertaining and thrilling.
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