Match 25 Preview: ATK Mohun Bagan face Chennaiyin FC with an aim to return to winning ways

ATK Mohun Bagan will go up against the high-flying Chennaiyin FC, who are the only unbeaten side so far and have conceded the least number of goals in this Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season, on Saturday in Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, Goa.

Both sides found early success and rose to the top of the table, however, as the season has progressed the competition has unfolded itself to be intricate with no clear favourites. ATK Mohun Bagan slipped to sixth position after successive defeats while Chennaiyin FC dropped to fourth.

Form Guide

ATK Mohun Bagan

The club have won two out of their previous five encounters and lost three, including last season’s final against Mumbai City FC. In this season, ATK Mohun Bagan had an ideal start with a 4-2 win against Kerala Blasters FC followed by a commanding 0-3 victory over SC East Bengal. However, things started to take a turn when Mumbai City FC handed them a 1-5 defeat while Jamshedpur edged past the Mariners 2-1.

Chennaiyin FC

Anirudh Thapa-led side is yet to taste defeat in their last five matches that includes draws against NorthEast United FC (3-3) and Kerala Blasters FC (1-1) from last season. This season, Chennaiyin FC look settled with wins against Hyderabad FC (0-1) and NorthEast United FC (1-2).

Head to Head

Chennaiyin FC are yet to defeat ATK Mohun Bagan. In the two matches they have played, ATK Mohun Bagan won one and managed a goalless draw in the other.

Team News

From the ATK Mohun Bagan camp, Tiri has recovered from the injury and will be available for selection while Chennaiyin FC’s Rafael Crivellaro’s inclusion looks doubtful as he undergoes rehabilitation for a muscle injury.

Key Players

ATK Mohun Bagan

Pritam Kotal: The captain has led from the front so far this season, and his previous performance against Jamshedpur FC substantiates that. Kotal contributed tremendously in an attempt to lead resurgence but his solitary goal could not help take ATK Mohun Bagan over the finish line. However, Kotal will be looking to ensure the club bounces back to winning ways.

Roy Krishna: ATK Mohun Bagan’s success so far has been contingent on the attackers delivering the early strikes to keep the pressure lid off. Krishna has been the kingpin in laying down the foundation with two goals in four matches.

Chennaiyin FC

Reagan Singh: The defender proved cricial in helping Chennaiyin FC keep a clean sheet against SC East Bengal with four clearances and two successful tackles.

Vladimir Koman: Koman has been at the heart of Chennaiyin FC’s game plan so far this season and he has responded well. In the previous game against SC East Bengal, he created three goal scoring opportunities and took command of the midfield with two tackles and three blocked shots.

Key Stats

Aggressors meet defenders: ATK Mohun Bagan have scored 6 of their 9 goals in the first halves of games while Chennaiyin FC are yet to concede a goal in the first halves of games in Hero ISL 2021-22.

Maiden century: Amrinder Singh is set to become the first goalkeeper to reach 100 Hero ISL appearances if he takes the field against Chennaiyin FC.

Match timings and telecast details

Match: ATK Mohun Bagan v Chennaiyin FC

Date: 11 December 2021

Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Fatorda

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.

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