The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda will host a rescheduled Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match between arch-rivals ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC on Sunday, 27th February.
The two injured tigers will have no shortage of incentives as the semifinal race enters its closing stages.
ATKMB were stopped in their tracks by two consecutive draws at a time when they were vying for the League Shield, which now seems to be a distant aim. Having collected 31 points from 17 games, the Mariners are four points behind league leaders Hyderabad, who have already clinched a semifinal berth, and three points behind second-placed Jamshedpur FC, who are also assured of a position in the knockout rounds.
The green and maroons squandered points against Kerala Blasters and Odisha FC, allowing them to lose their grip on the League Shield competition. However, with three games remaining, they are still very much in contention for a semi-final berth. When it comes to Bengaluru, the chances are stacked against them tenfold. The Blues are currently in the sixth position in the rankings after accruing 26 points from 18 games. They must not only win their last two league games, but they must also pray that other outcomes fall in their favour in order to keep their faint prospects of reaching the semi-finals alive.
Three victories and two draws in their previous five matches, as well as a 13-game undefeated streak, have characterised Juan Ferrando’s men’s recent form. The Mariners will stop at nothing to maintain their grip on first place in the league rankings. Currently, in the third position with 31 points from 17 games, a victory on the horizon would allow them to close the gap on leaders Jamshedpur FC and Hyderabad FC and remain in contention for the League Sheild title.
The Marco Pezzaiuoli-led team had only just established its rhythm when it was shattered by the likes of Hyderabad FC and NorthEast United. A victory over the Reds would move them up to sixth in the league rankings, where they currently sit with 26 points from 18 games. A loss would leave them with few other alternatives except to continue their climb up the standings.
Liston Colaco has seven goals and three assists in 17 appearances. He is the highest Indian goal scorer this season, with a total of 24 shots on target thus far in the campaign.
Joni Kauko has three goals and five assists in 15 appearances for ATKMB. He has a passing accuracy of 81.81 percent on average and has completed 351 passes this season.
Cleiton Silva has nine goals and three assists in 17 appearances. He has taken 21 shots on target, with a shooting accuracy of 45.65 percent.
As of this writing, Roshan Singh has one goal and seven assists to his credit this season. In the Hero ISL 2021-22, he has the most assists of any defender. In terms of defence, he has 69 tackles, 34 blocks, 37 clearances, and 23 interceptions to his credit.
ATKMB vs BFC, ISL 2021/22
Date: 27th February 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Fatorda Stadium
ATK Mohun Bagan: W-W-W-D-D
Bengaluru FC: W-W-L-L-W
ATK Mohun Bagan wins: 3
Bengaluru FC wins: 0
ATK Mohun Bagan News: As a result of receiving a red card in the team’s last encounter against Odisha FC, Roy Krishna will miss this match. This will be a huge loss for the team from Kolkata, who would have wanted him to play this game and score some goals, which could be crucial to how they end this campaign.
On the other hand, David Williams is recuperating from an injury, thus his participation in this match remains in question. The forward adds more quality to the squad and the fact that he won’t be able to contribute in this game is something that the fans will not be happy about.
Bengaluru FC News: Suresh Singh Wangjam has been declared out for the remainder of the season, according to coach Marco Pezzaiuoli, who made the announcement at the formal pre-match press conference. He went on to say that Jayesh Rane and Rohit Kumar had returned to training. Because of the suspension, Danish Farooq is not accessible to play in this match too.
Both teams have conceded a total of 25 goals but will aim to contain their opponents’ attack on the night. Also, scoring goals is a must if any team wants to win a game. With that being said, the players will be focused on doing both, as they look to take back all three points from this game.
ATK Mohun Bagan: Amrinder, Tiri, Jhingan, Kotal, Bose, McHugh, Manvir, Kauko, Liston, Boumous, Lenny
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh-Sandhu, A.Costa, Yaya Banana, Srivas, Chaudhari, B.Silva, Udanta, Farooq, Wangjam, C.Silva, Chhetri
After a disappointing and frustrating 1-1 draw with Odisha, ATK Mohun Bagan enters this match with a lot of pressure on their shoulders. That victory did, however, extend their undefeated streak to 13 games. They are still in the running for the championship despite the fact that this game is coming up.
A Bengaluru squad that has won three of their past five matches and is positioned in the middle of the 11-team table awaits them in this matchup. The ATK Mohun Bagan win seems to be a strong pick for this one, as well.
Score Predictions- ATKMB 3-2 BFC
ATKMB vs BFC Fantasy XI No. 1
Amrinder; Tiri, Bose, Costa; Manvir, Liston, B. Silva, Udanta; Lenny, C. Silva, Chhetri
ATKMB vs BFC Fantasy XI No. 2
Gurpreet Singh-Sandhu; Tiri, Bose, Costa, Yaya Banana; Manvir, Liston, Udanta, Farooq; C. Silva, Chhetri