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ATKMB vs OFC, ISL 2021-22: MPL Preview, Predictions, & Fantasy Team

ATK Mohun Bagan are set to play Odisha FC at the Fatorda Stadium on January 8, Saturday, in the Indian Super League. The two teams from the eastern half of the country are in good form and are only separated by 2 points. After playing 9 games each, The Mariners occupy the 4th spot in the league with 15 points, with Odisha FC just 2 points behind them on 13 points.

ATKMB vs OFC Form Guide:

ATK Mohun Bagan are on a 5-match unbeaten run, having won 2 and drawn 3 of their last 5 games. Their last match ended in a 2-2 draw with table-toppers Hyderabad FC. Odisha FC on the other hand find themselves going through a rough patch winning just one-off their last 5 games. They enter Saturday’s game after beating Mumbai City FC 4-2 in their first game of the New Year but were thumped 6-1 in the game before by Hyderabad FC in their last game of 2021.

ATK Mohun Bagan: D-D-W-W-D

Odisha FC: L-L-D-L-W

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC – Head to Head

Odisha FC are yet to beat ATK Mohun Bagan since their inception. Odisha FC were beaten 4-1 by ATK Mohun Bagan the last time they met in February 2021, and 1-0 the first time they locked horns in December 2020.

Played – 2

ATK Mohun Bagan – 2

Odisha FC – 0

Draws – 0

ATK Mohun Bagan Team News

The biggest news from the ISL comes from ATK Mohun Bagan who announced the re-signing of Sandesh Jhingan after his spell in Croatia. Jhingan played an integral part in ATK Mohun Bagan’s route to the final of the ISL last time. Having proved his credentials as a fine centre back, Jhingan earned a move to Croatian top tier side HNK Sibenik. A calf injury however halted his spell in Croatia and Jhingan will be back in India temporarily after mutually terminating his contract. Whether Jhingan features in the upcoming games for ATK Mohun Bagan is yet to be confirmed, but his addition will help the team in more ways than just one. 

ATK Mohun Bagan Predicted XI: Amrinder Singh, Asutosh Mehta, Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Subhasish Bose, Deepak Tangri, Carl McHugh, Manvir Singh, Hugo Boumous, Liston Colaco, Roy Krishna

Odisha FC Team News

Odisha FC may not have a Jinghan like signing to announce, but The Juggernauts go into the game hungry for a win which will see them enter the top 4 in the league. The team are expected to go unchanged from their 4-2 victory over Mumbai City FC – their first after 4 games.

Odisha FC Predicted XI: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Victor Mongil (C), Hector Ramirez, Hendry Antonay, Sahil Panwar, Javier Hernandez, Thoiba Singh, Isaac Chhakchhuak, Aridai Suarez, Nandhakumar Sekar, Jerry Mawihmingthanga.

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC – Prediction

Odisha FC managed to win a game of football after a long time, and it should provide them a fair bit of confidence as they lock horns with ATK Mohun Bagan. However, this game against the team from Kolkata will be one of the biggest tests of the season, and they’re well aware of it.  

“They are one of the biggest teams in India, in the ISL. After a draw in the last game, they will be hungry for a win.”, said Odisha FC coach Kiko Ramirez in the pre-match press conference. Not sure if those were the best words used before a big game, but Ramirez knows and understands the might of ATK Mohun Bagan and what his team are up against. 

Between the two sides, ATK Mohun Bagan have an edge with respect to current form, and historically, and fans should expect The Mariners to come on top and keep Odisha FC at bay.

Prediction: ATK Mohun Bagan 2-0 Odisha FC

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC ISL 2021-22: Fantasy XI No.1

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC ISL 2021-22: Fantasy XI No.2

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