Semi-final 2, second-leg Preview: Onus on ATK Mohun Bagan to mount a comeback as Hyderabad FC eye final
ATK Mohun Bagan will clash with Hyderabad FC in the second-leg of the semi-final - 2 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim on Wednesday.
The Hyderabad-based club won 3-1 in the first leg. ATK Mohun Bagan had taken an early lead but HFC came back strong and put three past Amrinder Singh.
Hyderabad FC had finished second in the league table with 38 points in 20 matches while ATKMB finished a point behind them in the third position.
ATK Mohun Bagan will have a two goal deficit to cover in the second leg but given the attacking threat they possess one wouldn’t rule them out just yet.
The two sides have faced each other on five occasions. They have drawn three out of those five matches. ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC have won one each.
Hyderabad FC: WWLWW
Hyderabad FC registered four victories in their last five matches. They haven’t been able to keep a clean sheet in any of those five matches.
ATK Mohun Bagan: DWWLL
ATK Mohun Bagan have lost two matches in a row. They were 15 games unbeaten before losing to Jamshedpur FC in the final match of the league stage. Afterward, they lost to HFC in the first leg of the semi-final.
The ATK Mohun Bagan camp has some injuries concerns. David Williams and Tiri are among the players who are doubtful for the match. A final call will be taken closer to the match.
Joao Victor: The midfielder has scored five goals and assisted one in 19 matches. He has completed 623 passes with a passing accuracy of 82.19%. The Spaniarad has made 10 key passes in the season.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: Ogbeche has scored 18 goals from 18 games. He could set the record for most goals by a player in a single season. He has had 28 shots on target with shot accuracy of 47.45%. His goal in the first-leg inspired HFC to come back from a goal down.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Joni Kauko: The Finnish has scored three goals and assisted six, having played around three hundred minutes less than his opponent in midfield, Victor. He has completed 478 passes with a passing accuracy of 80.74%. In addition, the midfielder has made 14 key passes in the season.
Roy Krishna: The Fijian has had a relatively quiet season due to injury but he is going to be a key player if ATKMB are to come back in the second leg. He has recorded six goals and three assists in 15 matches.
Clean Sheet already ruled out?
ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC have scored at least one goal every time they have played each other.
Second consecutive final for ATKMB
If ATK Mohun Bagan manage to make a comeback, it will be their second final in their two seasons in Hero ISL.
Match Timings and Telecast
Match: ATK Mohun Bagan vs Hyderabad FC
Date: March 16, 2022
Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, Goa
Kick-off time: 7:30 PM IST
Telecast: Star Sports Network