Match 53 Preview: ATK Mohun Bagan, Odisha FC clash with an eye on the top-four spots
ATK Mohun Bagan will lock horns with Odisha FC in the now rescheduled match 53 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at PJN Stadium in Margao, Goa on Sunday.
The Mariners are placed sixth in the points table with 15 points from nine matches. ATK Mohun Bagan played a 2-2 draw against Hyderabad FC in their last match that happened on 5 January 2022. 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 NorthEast United 0-2 in their last match with Aridai Suarez and Daniel Lalhlimpuia scoring quick-fire goals.
Both teams are on the verge of taking a big step towards their target for the season and are one win away to break into the top-four.
ATK Mohun Bagan: DDWWD
ATK Mohun Bagan are unbeaten in their last five matches. They have played out two draws and won three matches, earning nine points.
Odisha FC: DLWLW
With two wins in their last five matches, Odisha FC sit sixth in the league standings with 16 points, collecting five wins and losses each, and a draw.
The two sides have faced each other just twice, with the Mariners claiming victories in both the matches. ATK Mohun Bagan are one of the two active teams who have never lost to Odisha FC. The other team being FC Goa.
In the ATK Mohun Bagan pre-match press conference, Juan Ferrando informed that Amrinder Singh is doubtful for the match while Hugo Boumous faces suspension due to the accumulation of four yellow cards.
In the Odisha FC camp, Jonathas won’t be available for the game as he is not match fit. Head coach Kino Garcia stated in the press conference that some players are still not match fit, the updates on which will be understood on Sunday.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Liston Colaco: 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.
Roy Krishna: 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.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga: The 24-year-old has two goals and an assist in ten matches. With five in the last season, he had the highest number of assists by an Indian.
Javi Hernandez: The Spaniard has four goals and as many assists this season. Defensively, he has made 20 tackles, six clearances and six blocks. He is key to making the team tick in the final third of the play.
The Mariners’ porous defence
ATK Mohun Bagan have conceded 18 goals in their 9 matches this season. They have kept only one clean sheet so far. Last season, they conceded the fewest goals in the league stages (15). They have already crossed last season’s tally in 9 matches.
Odisha FC and ATK Mohun Bagan have scored 14 goals from open play this season, joint highest of any team this season. ATK Mohun Bagan are the only team to have scored a goal or more in every single match this season. Both teams have not lost a match this season after scoring the first goal.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC
Date: Janaury 23, 2022
Venue: PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa.
Kick-off time: 9.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.