ATK Mohun Bagan vs Hyderabad FC: Hero ISL experts predict the semi-final second leg

Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan, two of the most exciting attacks in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) will clash again in the semi-final second leg with a place in the Sunday showpiece against Kerala Blasters FC up for grabs.

Hyderabad FC have a definite advantage going into the second leg as they won the first one 3-1. ATK Mohun Bagan have it all to do. But the Mariners will believe if anyone has the firepower to turn this tie around it would be them.

Manuel Marquez’s team who have been brilliant all season would start as favourites but they’d be wary of the threat ATK Mohun Bagan possess and it will only make this second leg more interesting.

The Hero ISL experts have been charged with predicting the outcome of this intriguing second leg. Here are their predictions.

John Gregory’s prediction

ATK Mohun Bagan 2-2 Hyderabad FC (Aggregate: 3-5)

ATK Mohun Bagan obviously have to score as early as possible to get back in this semi-final.

Hyderabad FC though are an outstanding team on the counter-attack and if ATK Mohun Bagan are without the “rock” that is Tiri in the heart of their defence, Hyderabad FC could certainly add to their brilliant goal tally and cruise into the Hero Indian Super League final on March 20.

Erik Paartalu’s prediction

ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 Hyderabad FC (Aggregate: 3-4)

Big injuries to key players for ATK Mohun Bagan are going to hurt them. Being down by two goals, I can see them scoring one or two for sure but I'm also sure of Hyderabad FC being able to score at least one goal as well.

I think the experience of players through the spine for Hyderabad FC will get them through those uncertain moments in the game where they will be put under big pressure by ATK Mohun Bagan.

Paul Masefield’s prediction

ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 Hyderabad FC (Aggregate: 3-4)

ATK Mohun Bagan have a bit of a mountain to climb. But it’s only two goals so it’s not over. But if you turned around and looked at how Hyderabad FC played, they got the tactics absolutely spot on and I don’t think they will back down at all. They managed to hold out as best as they could. They have that two-goal cushion which means ATK Mohun Bagan have to be on the offence but they don’t need to start that way. The biggest problem for them is Tiri being missing. I really think that it’s going to affect them massively. He might have to reshuffle his pack and I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet. I feel they need that clean sheet to go through. It’s going to be really tough and hard and I think Hyderabad FC might just nick the first goal. If that happens, the tie is all over.

I’m going to go for a 2-1 win for ATK Mohun Bagan but Hyderabad FC will go through.

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