Chennaiyin will welcome ATK Mohun Bagan on Thursday at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for a match of the 20th round of the Indian Super League. The hosts in this tie are in 8th place in the standings with 20 points, while their next opponents are up on the 3rd spot with 34 points.
Their last match concluded in a 1:1 stalemate. The two opponents faced each other on the 11th of December 2021. Chennaiyin were unable to register a win across the previous three head-to-head games, recording 1 defeat and 2 draws in the process. The home factor has proven to be an advantage in the recent 3 head-to-head clashes. The hosting side achieved 1 victory and didn’t lose in the process. The majority of recent H2H meetings ended in a draw with that being the case in 2 of the last 3. Of their last three encounters, none resulted in over 2.5 goals and one had both sides scoring. In the meantime, Chennaiyin managed to keep one clean sheet, while ATK Mohun Bagan has not conceded in two of the cases. The goalkeepers had to pull the ball out of the nets a total of 3 times for the period.
The efforts of Chennaiyin were not enough and they lost 3:0 away against Kerala Blasters in an Indian Super League match played on February 26th. Chennaiyin is currently on a fruitless streak of two losses, and the side has not recorded a victory in any of the last seven games. In Chennaiyin’s last 10 encounters, being the host or playing away was not a factor that affected the outcome. The squads playing on the home ground recorded 4 triumphs and the guests recorded 3. Four of Chennaiyin’s last five meetings featured over 2.5 goals, with both outfits hitting the targets in two of them. During these, the club failed to maintain even one clean sheet and they failed to score in three. The last 5 outings of the team were marked by very high scoring numbers, with a total of 18 goals.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN PREVIEW
In their most recent match, ATK Mohun Bagan played against Bengaluru on Sunday, with the final score being a comfortable 2:0 home victory. The club is on a run of ten games without losing, boasting five wins and five draws. Playing at your stadium had no significant role in the latest ten clashes for ATK Mohun Bagan, as the outfits involved enjoyed 3 home victories and 2 away triumphs. The majority of the last ten encounters resulted in draws, with the squad recording a draw in five of them. Two of ATK Mohun Bagan’s five previous meetings finished with more than 2.5 goals and three saw both sides finding the net. ATK Mohun Bagan managed to prevent their opponents from scoring on two occasions and they found the net at least once in each of those cases. The total of netted goals by the teams involved across their last five outings amount to 14.
MATCH ANALYSIS AND THE PREDICTION
With teams around ATK all playing one another this week, this is a crucial clash for ATK and their hopes of a top 4 finish. ATK knows that a win here could go a long way in securing a playoff position. Heading into this crucial contest, ATK couldn’t have hand-picked a better opponent as Chennaiyin is in a dreadful run of form which has seen the side from Chennai just take one point from their last five matches.
Chennaiyin head into this contest off the back of two consecutive defeats. ATK on the other hand couldn’t be in any better form and are on a fourteen-game unbeaten run. They head into this match having taken eleven points from their last five games. Despite playing away from home, ATK is the form side here and the smart play has to be on them claiming a crucial 3 points. The Mariners are at the 3rd spot on the standings with 34 points. From the 18 games played, they won 9 times in the league while drawing on 7 and losing only on twice other fixtures. They have scored a total of 36 while conceding a sum of 25 so far in the league.
ATK won the previous fixture by 2 goals to nil against Bengaluru FC ending their back-to-back league draws. They have scored 10 times while their defenders saw 4 goals go past them from the previous 5 league fixtures.
On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC is at the 8th position on the table with only 20 points in hand. Of the 19 matches played, they won and drew 5 games each while losing on 9 other occasions. Their total goals to conceding ratio stand at 17:34 showing their poor defensive structure.
Chennaiyin FC lost the last game against Kerala Blasters by 0-3. They conceded 15 goals from the opposition from the past 5 league schedules while failing to climb onto the scoreboard in 3 of them.
Previous matches between the two have averaged 1 goal while BTTS has happened 33% of the time.
ATK will win this Thursday, as they are unbeaten in the last 14 ISL fixtures. Meanwhile, Chennaiyin lost the last 2 games in a row and was denied a win in over 7 games.