Match 66 Preview: Titans clash as Kerala Blasters FC take on ATK Mohun Bagan

Kerala Blasters FC will lock horns with ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Thursday as they eye their first win against the Mariners.

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 improved performance to climb the summit of the league table and are unbeaten in the league since.

With the rising stakes of each passing game, both clubs aim to clinch the three points for a safer ride into the top-four.

Form Guide

Kerala Blasters FC

The unbeaten Blasters have won thrice and drawn twice in their last five matches that have taken them to the top of the league table with 20 points.

ATK Mohun Bagan

The Mariners are unbeaten in their last 5 matches. In their last 5 matches, they have won 2 and drawn 3 matches.

Team News

Hugo Boumous picked up his 4th yellow card in the last match and found himself suspended for ATK Mohun Bagan’s match against Kerala Blasters.

Head-to-head

The Mariners have dominated this fixture unanimously, winning three out of three matches.

Key Stats

Unbeaten at Tilak Maidan

Both the teams are unbeaten at the Tilak Maidan Stadium this season. Kerala Blasters have four wins and three draws at the venue this season while ATK Mohun Bagan won the only game they played in this stadium this season (3-0 win over SC East Bengal).

Goals guaranteed

ATK Mohun Bagan are the only team to have scored a goal or more in every single match this season.

Missing clean sheets

The Mariners have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 7 matches this season. This is the joint-longest run of matches for the club without keeping a clean sheet in the Hero ISL.

Key Players

Kerala Blasters FC

Adrian Luna: The striker has provided 6 assists in 11 matches this season for Kerala Blasters. He sits at the top of the assist leaderboard along with Ahmed Jahouh and Greg Stewart.

Prabhsukhan Gill: The goalkeeper has impressed in his breakthrough season in the Hero ISL. He has made eight appearances this season and kept four clean sheets so far. No keeper apart from Gill has kept more than two clean sheets this season.

ATK Mohun Bagan

Pritam Kotal: ATKMB skipper has been a powerhouse in the defence with 40 clearances, 32 tackles and 23 aerial duels won.

Liston Colaco: The young Indian forward has scored five goals with an assist in his nine appearances this season and in Boumous’ absence, Colaco’s importance in the front increases manifolds.

Match Details

Match: Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan

Date: 20th January 2022

Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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