Helder Postiga is doubtful for ATK while Robin Singh of FC Goa still out with injury.
The champions of inaugural edition of the Indian Super League Atletico De Kolkata are slated to host strugglers FC Goa at the Rabindra Sarobar stadium on Sunday which would be the second home game for the Red and White army this season in their new home.
The Sourav Ganguly co-owned franchise are still unbeaten this season with 5 points from three games and are placed third in the points table while Virat Kohli’s FC Goa are still to open their account this season and are at the bottom of the table.
ATK have few injury concerns which they need to resolve before the tie. Bikash Jairu is out of the rest of the tournament with a muscle tear. Ofentse Nato is yet to recover from the injury which he sustained in Madrid. Marquee Helder Postiga may make a return to the side but but whether he will start is Apart from this, the hosts have no other injury concerns.
On the other hand, the Gaurs have no major concerns apart from Robin Singh who is still nursing his injury which he sustained in Rio during the pre-season campaign.
Head to Head
FCG are in desperate need to turn their season around after a sequence of three defeats to start the campaign. It will be scant consolation for Head Coach Zico that two of those matches were away from their home turf at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda. The Brazilian has previously found the Atletico de Kolkata impossible to solve. As a matter of fact, these teams have met six times across two seasons and four of them were draws, including the two legs of the 2014 semi-final, which Kolkata won on penalties. The other two matches were won by Atletico de Kolkata, including a 4-0 win in their last meeting in Kolkata. Only Chennaiyin have ever beaten Goa that badly in ISL history and the three scorers from that win – Iain Hume, Sameehg Doutie and Borja Fernandez — are still integral members of the Kolkata line-up.
Man to Watch
Iain Hume-Atletico De Kolkata: One of the ISL’s biggest names, Iain Hume entered the third edition of the league on the back of an 11-goal season for ATK last time out. The Canadian striker was unhappy with the way he was taken off the pitch by manager Jose Francisco Molina and this time around he will be desperate to answer his critics by netting. Till now, the Golden Boot winner of season 1 has played in 3 matches scoring once that too from a spot-kick in the opening game against Chennaiyin FC.
Reinaldo-FC Goa: Zico’s team is in desperate need of goals and they must now turn to Reinaldo, also the club’s top-scorer from last year. The big Brazilian forward, who has turned out for 18 different clubs including Paris Saint Germain, tends to score in clusters once he gets his rhythm going and the Goa faithful should hope that he finds his scoring boots quickly in the match against Kolkata and can inspire his team to their first win in this heavyweight clash of two traditional Indian football hubs.
Atletico De Kolkata (4-2-3-1): Majumdar, Kotal, Mondal, Tiri, Prabir, Bikramjit, Borja, Lara, Doutie, Belencoso, Hume.
FC Goa (3-5-2): Kattimani; Gaikwad, Dumas, Lucio, Cardozo; Balmuchu, Desai, Goncalves, Jofre, Reinaldo, Coelho.
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