Match 37 Preview: NorthEast United look to upset unsettled ATK Mohun Bagan
NorthEast United FC are up against ATK Mohun Bagan in match 37 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the PJN stadium in Margao, Goa.
NorthEast United FC come inti the game on the back of a win against SC East Bengal in their last game and would look forward to continuing their impressive performance against ATK Mohun Bagan.
Things will be different for ATK Mohun Bagan this time around, as they will be under the newly-appointed interim coach, Manuel Cascallana. The Mariners would eye a victory under their new coach after a 3-3 stalemate against Bengaluru FC in their last game.
NorthEast United FC
With their second win of the league in their last game, the Highlanders find themselves in the sixth position in the standings with seven points.
ATK Mohun Bagan
With several unsatisfactory performances, the Mariners haven’t won a game in their last four matches and sit sixth in the league table with eight points.
The two sides have met four times, twice in the league stage and twice in the knockout stage, with ATK Mohun Bagan getting the better of NorthEast United FC with two wins while the Highlanders have won just once and the remaining fixture ended in a draw.
NorthEast United will be without Willian Lalnunfela and Deshorn Brown who are ruled out due to their respective injuries whereas Hernan Santana is doubtful and his availability is uncertain.
In the ATK Mohun Bagan camp, the squad is fit and ready for the game with no injury concerns as such.
ATK Mohun Bagan’s defensive woes
The Mariners have kept only one clean sheet this season which came in their second match of the season against SC East Bengal. They have now gone 4 straight matches without a clean sheet this season. This is now their second longest run of matches without a shutout since last season.
NorthEast United FC’s leaky defense
The Highlanders have conceded 5 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches this season, the most by any team so far. They have also conceded close to 85% of their goals from open play. No other team in the Hero ISL has conceded a higher proportion of goals from open play this season.
NorthEast United FC
Khassa Camara: The 29-year-old midfielder has been a principle element in NorthEast United’s midfield. Camara sets the tempo of the game, directing and controlling the style of play as well as recovering the ball in tight areas of the pitch. He has made 16 interceptions, six clearances, and seven blocks so far this season.
Mathias Coureur: Coureur has two goal contributions in seven games and plays a crucial role in creating chances. The 33-year-old is an all-round forward with good ability in the air as well as on the ground.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Joni Kauko: The Finnish international pulls the strings in the ATK Mohun Bagan midfield. With a sharp passing accuracy of 85.26%, Kauko is a maestro in midfield, and has contributed two assists in the attacking department, and madeg 29 tackles, eight interceptions, clearances, and blocks apiece in the defensive department.
Liston Colaco: The 23-year-old is ATK Mohun Bagan’s joint-top scorer alongside Hugo Boumous and Roy Krishna. Quick on his feet, Colaco has the tendency to cut inside from the flanks and follow it up with a cross or a finish. With three goals and an assist to his name, Colaco is an essential element in the Mariners’ attacking set-up.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: NorthEast United FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan
Date: 21st December 2021
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa
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.