ATK host Bengaluru FC in ISL Super Saturday showdown
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ATK 1-0 Bengaluru FC (0 draws)
Who will come out on top?
The 27-year-old has been a strong option in the attacking line. He uses his physique well to bully the defenders and is also adept at winning aerial duels. With him upfront, ATK tend to create a lot of openings, as he also gets a good few shots away. He has scored once this season and will look to create problems for a formidable Bengaluru defence.
The Blues’ captain has led from the front for his team. He has been influential in attack, linking well with Venezuelan Miku. He threads a good few passes, while frequently taking the opposition to task with his quick and intelligent runs. Chhetri is the season’s highest-scoring Indian so far with eight goals and an assist to his name, and would look to have a say in a tricky away game.
Ashley Westwood would probably field his team in the 4-4-2 formation, allowing enough movement in the midfield to aid both attack and defence.
Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder
Forward: Robin Singh, Martin Paterson
The host’s interim head coach on the possibility of making the playoffs: “It is mathematically possible. If we win five games and draw one or win all six games, I am sure we will be very close. So, there is motivation. But, we have to be very professional. We have to keep playing and keep getting points. We have a duty towards the fans and the club. I am sure we will be firing all cylinders and looking to get all three points.”
Albert Roca will probably go for a 4-1-4-1 formation, which relies heavily on their midfield and flanks for proper service to the striker.
Goalkeeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
The visitor’s head coach on his thoughts about the upcoming clash: “There is nothing called an easy game. ATK still have some possibility to make the semifinals and I’m sure they will fight for the win to show that they can be there. So, we have to be alert. It would be a hard game.”
- Bengaluru are the only team to have not drawn a single game this season
- Both teams have played 12 matches, but the Blues’ points tally (24) is twice that of ATK’s (12)
Bengaluru FC 1 – 0 ATK (7th January 2018 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru)
Form Guide (Last five matches)
ATK: L L L W L
Bengaluru FC: W W L W W
Published: Sat Feb 03, 2018 01:10 AM IST