Match 20 Preview: ATK Mohun Bagan look to bounce back against unbeaten Jamshedpur FC
Jamshedpur FC will be up against ATK Mohun Bagan in their next Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 match at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim, on Monday evening.
Jamshedpur FC has had a bright start to the season so far, having won one and collected a point each in the remaining two matches. On the other hand, ATK Mohun Bagan lost their momentum by suffering a 1-5 loss to Mumbai City FC in the previous game, after registering commanding victories in their opening two matches.
The Red Minres are unbeaten in the last five ISL matches, having won three and shared the spoils in the remaining one. In the pre-season, Jamshedpur FC featured in the 2021 Durand Cup, but took an early exit route after fielding a second-string unit. Owen Coyle’s side has been one of the better organised ones in the Hero ISL, and are shaping up as a potential contender for a top-four finish.
ATK Mohun Bagan
The Mariners have won two, lost two and played out a draw in their last five competitive matches. As the records suggest, they have had an inconsistent run in the build-up to the game, which also includes a loss in the AFC Cup semi-final. Despite a flying start to the Hero ISL, they suffered a humiliating 1-5 loss to Mumbai City FC in the previous game.
Head to Head
The two teams won a game apiece against each other last season. Jamshedpur FC won the first encounter 2-1 while the Mariners won the reverse fixture 1-0.
Owen Coyle has clean bill of health apart from Farukh Choudhary who remains a long-term absentee. Defender Mobashir Rahman and striker Andy Murray are doubts. Coyle said they are getting better but their participation in the match is not certain.
ATK Mohun Bagan
The Mariners have received a hige fitness boost ahead of the match as centre-back Tiri is avaialble and in the squad to face Jamshedpur FC. The Spaniard's return to fitness couldn't have been better times as ATK Mohun Bagan look to recover after conceding five goals in the last match.
Greg Stewart: With the performance against Hyderabad FC already doing rounds in the ISL circle, Greg Stewart is one of the players to watch out for in the upcoming matches. Having almost scored a couple in his first start for Jamshedpur FC, the Scottish footballer would be itching to get on the scoresheet in his next possible opportunity. With a heavyweight team like ATK Mohun Bagan up next, Owen Coyle might not be inclined to bench a player of his quality during the kick-off.
Seiminlen Doungel: After emerging as one of the most promising Indian wingers, Seiminlen Doungel has played influential roles in whichever team he has ever played in. Even when he was loaned to Jamshedpur FC midway last season, the Manipuri footballer made eight appearances and also scored a goal in the same. Securing his services ahead of the new season, the Red Miners are expecting more from Doungel and he surely has the capacity to live up to the hype.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Roy Krishna: The man who has risen up to the occasion each and every time his team needed him, Roy Krishna will hold the key for ATK Mohun Bagan in the upcoming match. The Fijian has already scored a couple of goals in this season, yet, he is capable of much more and following a shattering 1-5 defeat, a few goals will bring back his confidence as well as lift up the mood of the camp as a whole. The only two goals scored by the Mariners against Jamshedpur FC in the previous season came from the boots of the prolific striker.
Lenny Rodrigues: Already a key member of the squad, who likes to go about his business without much publicity, is likely to play a vital role for his side in the upcoming game. With Tangri out of the next match due to suspension, he would be bestowed with the job of holding the midfield together. Not a regular defensive midfielder, yet, Lenny might have provided some sort of support to the back four against Jamshedpur FC, if Carl McHugh is kept as a central defender.
Happy hunting ground: The Athletic stadium Bambolim has been a good venue for both the teams. The two teams have lost just one games at the venue among themselves. While Jamshedpur FC are unbeaten at the stadium, ATK Mohun Bagan have only lost once. The Mariners have two wins at Bambolim while Jamshedpur FC have three. Something will have to give on Monday.
Mariners' quick starts: Habas' men have scored six out of the eight goals they have scored in the first half of matches this season. The Mariners also have scored the most number of goals (6) from open play this season.
Shining Stewart: Greg Stewart created 5 chances for the Men of the Steel in the match against Hyderabad FC. The most by any player in playing in that match that night. It was the 2nd most a player has managed in a match in this season of the Hero ISL. He scored Jamshedpur FC's only goal from their only shot on target on the night.
Match timings and telecast details
Match: Jamshedpur FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan
Date: 6th December
Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Hindi Commentary on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 regional channels - Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.