Match 53 Preview: ATK Mohun Bagan eyes pole position while Odisha FC determined to break into top four
ATK Mohun Bagan will lock horns with Odisha FC in match 53 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Wednesday.
ATK Mohun Bagan is placed third in the points table with 15 points from nine matches. They are only a point behind Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC. Odisha FC, on the other hand, is at the seventh spot, with 13 points in nine matches. They are only a point away from breaking into the top four.
ATK Mohun Bagan played a 2-2 draw against Hyderabad FC in the last match. David Williams scored the fastest goal in the history of the league, which came in the 12th second of the match. A late strike from Javier Siverio forced them to share the points.
Meanwhile, Odisha FC defeated league leaders Mumbai City FC 4-2 in their last match. Two quick goals by Jerry Mawihmingthanga turned the game in Odisha FC's favour.
Both teams are on the verge of taking a big step towards their target for the season. The match promises to be an exciting affair.
ATK Mohun Bagan
ATK Mohun Bagan is unbeaten in its last five matches. They have played out two draws and won three matches, earning nine points. The two wins came against NorthEast United FC and FC Goa.
Odisha FC have only one win in their last five matches. Before defeating Mumbai City FC in the previous fixture, the club had three losses and one draw.
ATK Mohun Bagan
In the pre-match press conference, Jaun Ferrando informed that some of the players have few knocks and the club will wait for the call of medical staff. He added that Avilash Paul is injured, Amrinder Singh and Deepak Tangri are also carrying some problems. Carl McHugh is in recovery but will take time to return back to action. On the other hand, Hugo Boumous faces suspension due to accumulation of four yellow cards.
ATK Mohun Bagan
The winger has scored five goals and assisted one goal in nine matches. The Goan is among the leading Indian goal scorers. In addition he has made 27 tackles, seven blocks and six interceptions.
The Fijian has scored four goals and made four assists in nine matches. The striker has had a relatively slow start to the season but is still in the thick of things.
The 24-year-old has two goals and an assist in eight matches. Last season, he had the highest number of assists by an Indian. He had assisted five goals.
The Spaniard has scored four goals and assisted three. Defensively, he has made 16 tackles, six clearances and three blocks. He is key to making the team tick in the final third of the play.
Odds in ATK Mohun Bagan's Favour
ATK Mohun Bagan have won both their matches against Odisha FC.
Not a Happy Hunting Ground for Odisha FC
Odisha FC have not won a single game at PJN Stadium, Fatorda. They have lost three and drawn three at the venue.
Odisha FC joins the party late
Odisha FC have scored 12 goals in the second halves of the matches this season. It is joint-most with Hyderabad FC.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC
Date: 8 January 2022
Venue: PJN Stadium, Fatorda, Goa.
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports 3
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.