ATK Mohun Bagan and Hyderabad FC battle it out against each other in matchday 50 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.
Under the helms of new head coach Juan Ferrnado, the Mariners are rising through the ranks with two back-to-back wins. Ferrando’s men will look to continue their victorious form on Wednesday.
Hyderabad FC, on the other hand, are on a 7-match unbeaten run after their thumping of Odisha FC in their last outing.
Both teams have the possibility of going top of the league table provided that either of them secure all three points.
Hyderabad FC is in its second ISL season while ATK Mohun Bagan will be featuring in its debut season after former ISL side ATK and I-League giant Mohun Bagan merged in 2020. ATKMB has won three of its opening four matches this season and lost the latest fixture to Jamshedpur FC 1-2. Hyderabad, meanwhile, has a success rate of 14.28 per cent with three wins from 21 matches.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN
After their four-game winless run, ATK Mohun Bagan are back to winning ways under new head coach Juan Ferrando. With 14 points in eight games, the Mariners are placed fourth in the league table picking up four wins, two draws and losses each.
With four wins, three draws, and just one loss, Hyderabad FC stand second in the league table collecting 15 points, one point adrift of league toppers Mumbai City FC. The Manuel Marquez-led side are exhibiting a solid, impenetrable defence conceding just seven goals in the league.
From the ATK Mohun Bagan camp, Subhashish Bose is recovering well but the club will take a call on him later on.
The two sides have met only twice, in the last season, with both teams sharing the spoils on the two occasions. Either side has the chance to be the first winner of this fixture.
A DEFIANT STREAK
Hyderabad FC are on a seven-match unbeaten run, with 4 wins and 3 draws in this phase. The club have lost just once in their last 20 games.
SECOND HALF SHENANIGANS
Hyderabad FC have conceded just 2 goals in the second half of games this season – best record in the competition. On the other hand, ATK Mohun Bagan have scored just 2 goals in the last 30 minutes of games this season – the least of any club in the league.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN
Pritam Kotal: The defender has been magnificent for his side, making 23 interceptions (3rd most in the league), 34 clearances, and 15 blocks alongside scoring a goal and providing an assist offensively.
Liston Colaco: Colaco has been a major contributor to the Mariners’ attack, netting five goals and providing an assist in eight games.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: This season’s top scorer with 8 goals in 8 games, Ogbeche has been deadly against each and every opponent and will be a threat to the Mariners too.
Joao Victor: The Brazilian midfielder has put up some amazing numbers for his side. Defensively, Victor has made 23 tackles, 15 interceptions, 25 clearances, and 12 blocks, with a passing accuracy of 79%. Offensively, he has been involved in three goals.
Match: ATK Mohun Bagan vs Hyderabad FC
Date: 05th January 2022
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm