ATK Mohun Bagan takes on table-toppers Mumbai City FC (ATKMB vs MCFC) at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa on Monday. This is the clash of the two heavyweights of the league and easily the two best teams in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) currently. Two Spanish coaches lead their respective teams but have a contrasting philosophy when it comes to the football they like their teams to play. Here’s how both these teams in form are shaping up ahead of ATKMB vs MCFC.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN
The Mariners are unbeaten in their previous five games in the league and have managed to keep a clean sheet in their previous four games. They have the best defence in the league but they are up against the best-attacking team in the league, Mumbai City FC. A win in this match will take Antonio Lopez Habas’ team back to the top of the table and will be a big morale-boosting win for the club.
Habas will set his team up in his compact manner but the emphasis will be on hurting the opposition on the counter-attack. Set pieces again will be a major threat the Mariners will possess in this game as the opposition has a weakness in this department. Expect ATK Mohun Bagan go back to their usual three-man defence for this game and wouldn’t be fussed if Mumbai boss the possession in this game. The fact that Ahmed Jahouh is suspended for this game makes the Mariners favourites of picking the three points.
MUMBAI CITY FC
Sergio Lobera has done a magnificent job so far with his new club, Mumbai City FC. They spent big in the summer transfer window and went with players with valuable Hero ISL experience. The team is brilliant when it comes to breaking opposition defences and have some remarkable attackers in Adam Le Fondre and last season’s player of the year, Hugo Boumous. In defence, they have a stalwart in the league, Mourtada Fall and their captain Amrinder Singh is one of India’s best keepers going around. Mumbai are unbeaten in their previous eight games after they had a surprising loss in their season opener against NorthEast United FC.
Lobera will have to set his team up without one of the most influential players Ahmed Jahouh as he picked up two yellow cards in their previous match against Bengaluru FC. Jahouh dictates the play for this team and will be a major miss in this big clash. Bipin Singh on the left-wing has been putting in some good performances in the past few games and he will be one to look out for the Mariners.
ATK Mohun Bagan (3-5-2): Arindam Bhattacharja (GK); Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri; Subhasish Bose, Carl McHugh, Pronay Halder, Edu Garcia, Prabir Das; David Williams, Roy Krishna
Mumbai City FC (4-2-3-1): Amrinder Singh (GK); Amey Ranawade, Mourtada Fall, Sarthak Golui, Mandar Rao Dessai; Rowllin Borges, Hernan Santana; Bipin Singh, Hugo Boumous, Raynier Fernandes; Adam Le Fondre
WHERE TO WATCH ATKMB vs MCFC
The match between ATK Mohun Bagan against Mumbai City FC will be broadcasted in India from 7:30 PM IST in Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi, and their respective HD TV channels. You can also live stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.
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