Both sides failed to clinch a victory in their previous game in the Indian top-flight league.
Jamshedpur FC will look to convert the draws into win against the heavyweight ATK Mohun Bagan, when they host the Mariners on Monday at the GMC Athletic Stadium. The Mariners began their campaign with two dominating wins, but were hammered by reigning champions Mumbai City FC in their previous game. Jamshedpur FC, on the other hand, have played out two draws and one win, and are yet to lose this season. Can Jamshedpur FC pile up on the misery of Habbas’ side or ATK Mohun Bagan will return to winning ways? It all comes down to what transpires on the pitch on Monday. However, for now, let’s take a look at the preview of the game.
The Men of Steel dominated the game against Hyderabad FC, but failed to find the back of the nets. They eventually dropped two points after Bartholomew Ogbeche scored the equalizer in their previous game. Owen Coyle’s men created plenty of chances, but were blunt in attack. Nerijus Valskis and Dinliana failed to convert a number of chances. Greg Stewart put in a scintillating display on the pitch with his mazy runs and composed passing. He saw an excellent attempt denied by the post, while Valskis missed the chances he fed to him.
Despite poor defensive display from the Nizams, Jamshedpur FC failed to capitalise their chances. Riding on the back of decent individual performances, they will look to make most out of their opportunities against ATK Mohun Bagan and bag three points from this game.
Another draw or a loss will result in the loss of moral in the squad. Also, if Kerala Blasters manages to clinch a win on Sunday, Jamshedpur FC will come within striking reach of the southerners along with three more clubs in the standings. This could potentially hamper their chances of making it to the playoffs.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Before the league began, Antonio Habbas said that they can’t afford to lose any match and he has a team whom he trusts and they know how to win every game. Once again they’re one favourites to claim the League Winners Shield along with Mumbai City FC, so they’ll want to get back to the winning ways and keep marching towards their goal.
Except their last game, Mariners have been dominant, the new signings have delivered and their star performer Roy Krishna has already bagged two goals this season. Liston Colaco has been clinical with his finishing this term, Seasoned professional Hugo Boumous scored a brace in his league debut for Mariners and Manvir has also caused worries to the oppositions.
The Mariners can’t afford to drop points against Jamshedpur FC on Sunday. A draw or a loss will mean more distance from the top of the table and they will be within the striking reach of a number of clubs in the standings.
For Jamshedpur FC, Farukh Choudhary is out for the season due to his surgery. Jordan Murray is also doubtful for the game.
On the other hand, ATK Mohun Bagan will miss Deepak Tangri after he picked up a red card against Mumbai City FC. However, their Spanish defender Tiri is back from his injury.
Since ATK Mohun Bagan joined the league as a new entity, they have faced Jamshedpur FC only twice since then. Both sides have picked up one win respectively.
However, the erstwhile ATK had a much better record against the Men of Steel. The Kolkata-based side had faced Jamshedpur in six games, registering three wins compared to the latter’s one. Two matches between the two sides had ended as draws.
Jamshedpur FC: Rehnesh TP (GK), Dinliana, Narender, Peter Hartley, Ricky, Len, Jitu, Alex Lima, Boris Singh, Greg Stewart, Nerijus Valskis
ATK Mohun Bagan: Amrinder (GK), Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Carl McHugh, Subhashish Bose, Manvir, Joni Kauko, Lenny, Liston, Hugo Boumous, Roy Krishna
Man to Watch
Greg Stewart (Jamshedpur FC)
Stewart showed already displayed how important he is to the team with his last two performances. He can dictate the attack with vision and positioning and can feed his fellow attackers with defence penetrating passes. Athough his goalscoring abilities are yet to be seen, but after his display against Hyderabad FC one can expect him to score in the matches to come.
The 31-year-old is yet to fully recover, but has already established himself as the creative outlet for Jamshedpur FC. When he regains his full fitness, many goals and assists can be expected from him.
Roy Krishna (ATK Mohun Bagan)
The Fijian is known for his finishing expertise and ability to drag the defence with him, creating space for his teammates. His blistering pace and control on the ball causes serious damage to opposition. He possesses the immense ability to create chances as well as score clutch goals, which will make him one to watch out for against Jamshedpur FC.
Did you know?
- Jamshedpur FC striker Nerijus Valskis beat ATK Mohun Bagan’s Roy Krishna to the Golden Boot in the 2019-20 season.
- Roy Krishna has scored six goals in four appearances against Jamshedpur FC in his career.
- Only Chennaiyin FC have conceded less numbers of goals than Jamshedpur FC in the ongoing season.
The clash between Jamshedpur FC and ATK Mohun Bagan will take place at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on December 6 from 7:30 pm IST. It will be shown LIVE on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD and will also be available for LIVE streaming on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.