Match 80 Preview: ATK Mohun Bagan look for first-ever win against Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City FC take on ATK Mohun Bagan in matchday 80 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the PJN Stadium in Margao, Goa.

The Islanders shared the spoils with NorthEast United FC in their last outing while ATK Mohun Bagan snapped up a 3-1 win and a league double over city rivals SC East Bengal in their last game.

While the Islanders are gradually losing their grip on the top four, ATK Mohun Bagan have been resurgent under new head coach Juan Ferrando.

Form Guide

Mumbai City FC: DLDLD

Des Buckingham’s men sit sixth in the league table, one point adrift of their opponent. The reigning champions have collected 18 points in 12 games, registering five wins, three draws and four losses. The Islanders are on a 6-game winless run, and their last win was the 1-0 victory against Chennaiyin FC in December.

ATK Mohun Bagan: WWDDW

The Kolkata-based side are fifth in the league standings with 19 points in 11 games, picking up five wins, four draws, and two losses, and have three games in-hand. The Mariners have been unbeaten with Ferrando being in charge.

Head-To-Head

Mumbai City FC have a 100%-win record against ATK Mohun Bagan. The two sides have met four times and the Islanders have emerged victorious on all four occasions, including the final of the 2020-21 season.

Key Stats

The Islanders’ goal drought

In their winless run of six matches which began with a 3-0 defeat to Kerala Blasters FC, they have scored six goals at an average of one goal/match. In the six matches prior to that, they had scored 17 goals at an average of 2.83 goals/match. They have failed to convert their chances in the last six matches and as a result, they have found themselves dropping down the table. Their lack of goals has seen them drop out of the top four after having spent the majority of the season in those semi-final spots.

Can ATK Mohun Bagan stop their losing streak?

ATK Mohun Bagan have scored two goals against Mumbai City FC, the joint fewest they have scored against any side in the Hero ISL along with Chennaiyin FC. The Mariners have won at least one Hero ISL game against eight of the ten sides currently in the league. But since head coach Juan Ferrando’s appointment, the Kolkata-based club have won three and drawn two out of five games.

Key Players

Mumbai City FC

Ahmed Jahouh: Leading assist provider this season (6), Jahouh is the midfield maestro for his side, directing the flow and tempo of the game. Jahouh also tops the leaderboard for most tackles (76) while also making 23 interceptions, 23 clearances, 19 blocks in 11 games. He also has three goals to his name.

Igor Angulo: The forward has scored eight times and has two assists in 11 games. A threat in the box, Angulo sits second in the list of top scorers this season.

ATK Mohun Bagan

Kiyan Nassiri Giri: Giri became the youngest ever hattrick scorer in the Hero ISL after his second half treble against SC East Bengal to secure a 3-1 win for ATK Mohun Bagan. He has scored three goals this season after having spent very few minutes on the pitch. He is yet to start a game in Hero ISL. Only Jonathas of Odisha FC has scored more goals as a substitute this season (4).

David Williams: The Australian forward is in contention to make his 50th appearance in the Hero ISL if he features against Mumbai City FC in ATK Mohun Bagan’s upcoming game. He is the only ATK Mohun Bagan player to ever score against Mumbai City FC in the Hero ISL, having scored two goals against them.    

Match timings and telecast details

Match: Mumbai City FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan          

Date: February 3, 2022

Venue: PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm IST

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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