Match 66 Preview: Kerala Blasters FC take on ATK Mohun Bagan as semi-final race nears its climax
Kerala Blasters FC will lock horns with ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Saturday as they eye their first win against the Mariners and also look to close the gap on table-toppers Hyderabad FC.
The 2021-22 season opener between the two clubs saw ATK Mohun Bagan register a thumping 4-2 win. Since that defeat, Kerala Blasters have boasted of an improved performance to climb up in the league table, going unbeaten for ten0 matches in the league stage.
However, ATK Mohun Bagan have always had the better of Kerala Blasters FC, beating them on all three occasions in the Hero ISL and have kept an unbeaten streak of 11 matches under head coach Juan Ferrando.
With the rising stakes of each passing game, both clubs aim to clinch the three points for a smoother ride onto the top of the standings.
Kerala Blasters FC: WLWLW
The Blasters have won thrice and lost twice in their last five matches that have taken them to the fourth on the league table with 26 points.
ATK Mohun Bagan: WDWWW
The Mariners are unbeaten in their last 11 matches. In their last 5 matches, they have won 4 and drawn one match to tie with league leaders Hyderabad FC.
Hugo Boumous, Roy Krishna, David Williams, and Carl Mchugh are improving while working with the team. For Liston Colaco, the medical team will take a call till the last moment,
The Mariners have dominated this fixture unanimously, winning three out of three matches.
Kerala Blasters have conceded 15 goals this season, the fewest of any side. Their record of 6 open play goals conceded this season is also the best of any side in 2021-22 Hero ISL.
Indians rise for ATK Mohun Bagan
17 of the 31 goals scored by ATKMB this season have been scored by Indians. No other team has more goals from Indian players this season.
Kerala Blasters FC
Adrian Luna: The striker has provided six assists in 15 matches this season for Kerala Blasters FC. He sits at the second spot on the assist leaderboard behind Ahmed Jahouh.
Prabhsukhan Gill: Gill leads the race for Golden Glove with five clean sheets in 12 games. The goalkeeper has conceded 10 goals in 12 games this season, conceding a goal every 100.4 minutes.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Subhasish Bose: ATKMB defender has been a consistent performer at the back with 45 clearances, 64 tackles and 30 aerial duels won.
Liston Colaco: Colaco not only leads the Indian scorers this season with seven goals but is also the leading goalscorer for the Mariners this season.
Match: Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan
Date: February 19, 2022
Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.