Both sides are desperate to get back to winning ways after consecutive stalemates…
Atletico De Kolkata are set to host Delhi Dynamos in a crucial encounter in the Indian Super League at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Saturday with both sides looking to get back to winning ways after a couple of draws. This is ATK’s second consecutive home fixture and third in all. Both sides have 6 points from the 4 games they have played so far with one win and 3 draws each.
Except marquee striker Helder Postiga and winger Bikash Jairu, ATK coach Jose Molina will go into this game with a full strength squad. Ofentse Nato who missed the last four matches due to injury is fit and ready to make a comeback in the playing XI with defender Tiri who missed the last game through injury.
On the other hand for the visitors, centre-back Anas Edathodika hasn’t featured for a while and is still recovering from his injury ahead of this one. There are no fresh injury concerns from their previous game against Mumbai City FC.
Delhi Dynamos have a slight edge over Atletico De Kolkata with one win and three draws in their last four meetings. In the last two years of the Indian Super League, Atletico de Kolkata – who emerged champions in 2014 – have conquered every opponent in ISL, except for Delhi Dynamos. In four matches between these two teams, ATK have scored just twice against Delhi Dynamos, the lowest they have managed to score against any opponent.
Man to Watch
Javi Lara-Atletico De Kolkata: Javi Lara has been the only consistent player for ATK this season with Sammehg Doutie. The combination of Lara, Doutie and Ruidas glittered the midfield in the last match with Ruidas and Lara both interchanging positions. Lara has already scored two goals from four matches with 15 shots on goal. The talismanic midfielder is the heart of the midfield for ATK and their go to man in deadball situations.
Marcelo Leite Pereira-Delhi Dynamos: Marcelino as he is popularly known already has 3 goals and 1 assist under his belt with 11 shots on target. The versatile attacker is the heart of Delhi’s forward line with Richard Gadze and Badara Badji. The trio combines well upfront and gets a lot of support from Kean Lewis. Marcelino can play on both of the wings and is two-footed. He is very good with corners and a very good opportunist striker.
Atletico De Kolkata (4-2-3-1): Majumdar, Kotal, Mondal, Tiri, Prabir, Nato, Borja, Lara, Doutie, Ruidas, Hume.
Delhi Dynamos (4-3-3): Porei, Rocha, Chinglesana, Souvik, Lalchhawnkima, Milan, Tébar, Meme, Kean, Marcelino, Gadze.
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Gold, Star Gold HD, Jalsha Movies, Jalsha Movies HD, and Hotstar. You can also follow live commentary of the game on Khel Now.
Match Preview by Khel Now Correspondent Rony. Sports passionate and content writer. He is big football and cricket fan.