Match 44 Preview: Juan Ferrando in focus as ATK Mohun Bagan face FC Goa

ATK Mohun Bagan will face FC Goa in match 44 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Wednesday.

ATK Mohun Bagan is fifth in the league table with 11 points in seven matches. Whereas, FC Goa stand at eighth position with eight points in seven matches.

The main talking point ahead of the match will be ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando who quit FC Goa to become the new Mariners boss. 

It will be interesting to see how he sets up his new team against his old and how his former players respond to their manager walking away to a rival.

ATKMB defeated NorthEast United FC 3-2 in their last match. After conceding first, Liston Colaco came up with the goods to inspire a comeback. FC Goa, on the other hand played out a 1-1 draw against Odisha FC. Ivan Gonzalez had given them the lead but a defensive error cost them the two points.

A win versus ATK Mohun Bagan will put FC Goa back among the mix. And a win for ATKMB will take them into the top four. 

Form Guide

ATK Mohun Bagan

ATK Mohun Bagan has only one win in their last five matches. It came in their last match against NorthEast United FC. They have lost two and drawn two in the other four.

FC Goa

FC Goa has two wins, two draws and one loss in their last five matches. They have drawn their last two games and last lost a match four games back.

Team News

ATK Mohun Bagan

In the pre-match press conference, Ferrando informed that all the players are fit and available for selection.

FC Goa

In the pre-match press conference, Derrick Pereira revealed Brandon Fernandes, Glan Martins, and Romario are out due to injury. He added that Airam Cabrera had pulled his hamstring in the last game and underwent a medical test. Three other players (unnamed) might not play due to food poisoning.

Key Players

ATK Mohun Bagan

Liston Colaco: The Goan winger has scored four goals and assisted one goal. He is the leading Indian goalscorer in Hero ISL this season. In addition, he has made 16 tackles and five interceptions.

Hugo Boumous: The midfielder has scored five goals and made one assist in seven matches. He will be one of the contenders for the golden boot this season.

FC Goa

Ivan Gonzalez: The center-back has been a leader at the back. Offensively, he has one goal and an assist. While, defensively, he has made 28 tackles, 26 clearances, 12 blocks and 10 interceptions.

Alberto Noguera: The Spaniard has scored two goals and assisted one. He has an average passing accuracy of 85.31% this season. Moreover, he has made 29 tackles in defensive play.

Key Stats

FCG Struggling Against ATKMB

FC Goa has not beaten ATK Mohun Bagan in their two meetings. They have lost one and drawn one.

ATKMB With A Good Record At The Venue

ATK Mohun Bagan has 19 matches at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, winning 12 and losing only 4 matches.

Both Teams Struggling With set-pieces

ATKMB have conceded nine goals from the set-piece situation which is most by any club in the league. While FCG has conceded eight goals and rank just below their opponents.

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Match: ATK Mohun Bagan vs FC Goa

Date: 29 December 2021

Venue: PJN Stadium, Fatorda

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, 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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