Match 75 Preview: ATK Mohun Bagan aim to extend their winning streak against rivals SC East Bengal in Kolkata derby
ATK Mohun Bagan take on city rivals SC East Bengal in matchday 75 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the PJN Stadium in Margao, Goa.
The Mariners shared the points in a goalless draw against Odisha FC in their last match while SC East Bengal were aced out by Hyderabad FC in a 0-4 defeat in their last match.
The much-anticipated Kolkata derby will be having a different attire this time around as both the clubs will have their respective new coaches at the sidelines.
Juan Ferrando’s ATK Mohun Bagan will aim to extend their unbeaten run of six games and reserve their seat in the top four. Mario Rivera’s SC East Bengal, on the other hand, will look to put everything on the line to register their first-ever victory against ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero ISL.
ATK Mohun Bagan: DWWDD
The Green and Maroons sit eighth in the league table collecting 16 points in 10 games, picking up four wins, four draws, and two losses. Under Juan Ferrando’s reign, the Kolkata-based side are yet to lose a single game.
SC East Bengal: DDLWL
The Red and Gold Brigade registered their first win of the season under new head coach Mario Rivera in the game before the last one. They sit at the bottom of the table with nine points in 13 games, registering one win, six draws, and six losses.
ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando will take a final call on Roy Krishna later.
In the SC East Bengal camp, new signing Fran Sota just completed his quarantine period, and coach Rivera might include him on the bench for the derby.
Having met thrice in the Hero ISL, ATK Mohun Bagan have a 100%-win record against SC East Bengal in the Hero ISL, having won all the three Hero ISL games between the two sides, with the latest one in match 9 of the ongoing season, where ATK Mohun Bagan emerged victorious in a sounding 3-0 win.
Open Play vs Set-Pieces
70% of the goals scored by ATK Mohun Bagan have come from open play. 69.23% of the goals scored by SC East Bengal have come from set pieces. No team is more reliant on set pieces for goals than SC East Bengal. 56% of the goals conceded by ATK Mohun Bagan this season have come from set-pieces. No team has conceded a greater percentage of goals from set pieces this season than ATK Mohun Bagan.
SC East Bengal conceding goals in heaps
SC East Bengal have played 13 games this season, they have conceded a goal in the last 15 minutes of the first half in 7 of those 13 games. Meanwhile, no team has conceded more goals in the first half of games this season than SC East Bengal (16).
ATK Mohun Bagan
Pritam Kotal: The centre-back is a vital presence in the Mariners’ backline. Kotal has made 41 clearances, 34 tackles, 28 interceptions - 3rd most in the league, and 16 blocks in 10 matches. He has also offered offensive support, having two goal contributions.
Liston Colaco: The Goan has found the net five times this season and also has an assist to his name. Colaco was on the scoresheet in the reverse fixture.
SC East Bengal
Antonio Perosevic: The forward will make a significant impact on his return to the Kolkata-based side. Perosevic has scored two goals and an assist in eight games this season, and can be the difference maker for SC East Bengal’s first victory against ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero ISL.
Naorem Mahesh Singh: Singh will play a major role in breaking down the Mariners’ defence. The forward has netted two goals in 11 games this season.
Match timings and telecast details
Match: ATK Mohun Bagan vs SC East Bengal
Date: 29th January 2022
Venue: PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.