Though ATK Mohun Bagan FC (previously known as Atletico de Kolkata and ATK World) and Bengaluru FC share a rivalry not older than three-four years, the two Indian Super League (ISL) football clubs have had some memorable encounters and continue to be one of the prime title contenders for years now.
When Bengaluru FC made an entry into the ISL 2017-18 season, ATK were going through a transition phase and the Blues dominated proceedings for quite some time before the Kolkata giants have made a strong comeback in recent years.
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC Head-to-Head ISL stats
|ATK Mohun Bagan||12||5||5||2|
The return of manager Antonio Habas Lopez has seen the lop-sided head-to-head improve in the last two seasons. After having lost four matches against Bengaluru FC on the trot, ATKMB defeated BFC 3-1 in March 2020 and has since lost just once in seven matches.
Moreover, Bengaluru FC have seen a downward slope with Carles Cuadrat leaving the managerial job and the Blues struggling to adapt under a new head coach. The emergence of Mumbai City FC and FC Goa, as title contenders, alongside ATKMB, Chennaiyin FC and BFC have also added to the competition.
ATKMB’s bigger financial muscle have also led to the Kolkata side roping in numerous stars in recent years, like Roy Krishna, David Williams, Hugo Boumous, Carl McHugh, Manvir Singh, Amrinder Singh and more, the impact of which was seen in the AFC Cup Group stage match earlier this year. ATKMB had swept aside BFC 2-0 in the intra-continental competition as the team of Sunil Chhetri and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu looked clueless.
Bengaluru FC vs ATKMB: Results
|January 7, 2018||Bengaluru FC vs ATK||ISL||1-0|
|February 3, 2018||ATK vs Bengaluru FC||ISL||0-2|
|October 31, 2018||ATK vs BFC||ISL||1-2|
|December 13, 2018||BFC vs ATK||ISL||1-0|
|December 25, 2019||ATK vs BFC||ISL||1-0|
|February 22, 2020||BFC vs ATK||ISL||2-2|
|March 1, 2020||BFC vs ATK||ISL Playoffs 1st Leg||1-0|
|March 8, 2020||ATK vs BFC||ISL Playoffs 2nd Leg||3-1|
|December 21, 2020||ATK Mohun Bagan vs BFC||ISL||1-0|
|February 9, 2021||BFC vs ATK Mohun Bagan||ISL||2-0|
|August 18, 2021||ATK Mohun Bagan vs BFC||AFC Group Stages||2-0|
Bengaluru FC vs ATKMB: Top Scorers
David Williams (ATK Mohun Bagan): 4 goals, 3 assists
While mercurial striker Roy Krishna has been ATKMB’s top goalscorer and a consistent contender for the ISL Golden Boot season after season, it has been his former A-League partner David Williams who has scored more against Bengaluru FC. The former Australian striker has scored four goals against the Blues and provided three assists as well. Two of his four goals came in the crucial ISL 2019-20 playoffs that ATK eventually won. He also has one assist each in two competitions – ISL, ISL playoffs and AFC Cup.
Miku Fedor, Erik Paartalu (Bengaluru FC): 2 goals each
Former ISL winners Bengaluru FC have former players Miku Fedor (Ecuadorian striker) and Erik Paartalu (Australian midfielder) as the top scorers against Bengaluru FC. While Miku has played just three games against ATKMB, Paartalu has faced ATK eight times. All of these four goals have come in the Indian Super League league stages.
When will ATK Mohun Bagan face Bengaluru FC next?
ATK Mohun Bagan, who were the runners-up in the ISL 2020-21 season, was supposed to face Bengaluru FC on January 15, 2021, at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa. However, the match got postponed due to COVID concerns.