NorthEast United FC and ATK Mohun Bagan will lock horns in the 72nd match of the Indian Super League(ISL). The match will be played at Fatorda Stadium, Goa, on 26th January 2021 and the kick-off time is 1930 hrs (07:30 PM) IST.
ATK Mohun Bagan are still in the strong contender category of winning ISL. The Mariners are currently at 2nd spot with 24 points in 12 matches played. They have been the winning side for 7 times but drew 3 and lost 2 this season.
NorthEast United FC aka Highlanders are lurking around mid of the table obtaining 5th spot. For Highlanders, there have been 3 wins, 6 draws, and 3 losses. They have produced 15 points out of 12 matches played.
NORTHEAST UNITED FC VS ATK MOHUN BAGAN PREVIEW:
The Highlanders have been a side of unpredictability which resulted in the loss of points. After parting ways with Gerard Nus, Khalid Jamil has been appointed as interim Head Coach. Still, Highlanders managed a victory in their previous game against Jamshedpur FC (2-1).
The Highlanders have utilized their Indian talents really well in the season till now. Players like Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Apuia Ralte, Britto PM, and Gurjinder Kumar have delivered great performances.
In 12 matches, a team from north-east India have scored 15 goals against 16 goals conceded and Luis Machado is their joint top scorer with Kwesi Appiah, 3 goals each to their name.
Defensively strong, the Mariners are coming from a class win against Chennaiyin FC (1-0). Head Coach Antonio Habas Lopez has managed his team with discipline which has shown colours on the field.
One of the oldest teams in India, ATK Mohun Bagan has kept their goal locked for almost every team but managed only 8 clean sheets. Allowing only 5 goals and scoring 12 goals in 12 games shows their capabilities as a team. Roy Krishna is still their target man with 6 goals.
We will take one match at a time and try to pick up three points in as many games as possible. This will be our philosophy,ANTONIO HABAS LOPEZ, Head Coach (NorthEast United FC)
Both teams are coming against each other for the second time and in the previous fixture, ATK Mohun Bagan came victorious over NorthEast United FC with a scoreline of 2-0.
NORTHEAST UNITED FC VS ATK MOHUN BAGAN TEAM NEWS:
Challenging their own record, the Mariners will look to grab a clean sheet in the form of a win. Head Coach Antonio Habas Lopez will look to repeat the formation as a team is stable and continue without any changes.
With the loss of their Spanish coach Gerard Nus, interim Head coach Khalid Jamil will be looking for a more attacking team to penetrate into Mariner’s goal.
Both teams are without any suspension but Highlanders will be without their ace striker Kwesi Appiah who has been out injured since December 2020 and is not eligible to play in ISL. On the other hand, Ashutosh Mehta is unlikely to be fit for the match due to an injury.
PREDICTED LINE-UPS AND SCORE:
NorthEast United FC : Subashish Roy; Gurjinder Kumar, Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Wayne Vaz; Federico Gallego, Khassa camara, Lalengmawia; Suhail Vadakkepeedika, Luis Machado, Idrissa Sylla
ATK Mohun Bagan : Arindam Bhattacharya; Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Subashish Bose; Carl McHug, Sahil Sheikh, Edu Garcia, Javier Hernandez, Manvir Singh; David Williams.
NORTHEAST UNITED FC 0-1 ATK MOHUN BAGAN
Looking at the forms of the teams, the Mariners will have an advantage and can dominate the game. The Highlanders will have to look for tactics to break the defense of ATK Mohun Bagan. We can expect a great encounter at Fatorda Stadium.
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