David Williams has been a surprise miss from ATK Mohun Bagan’s squad in the previous two matches in the Hero Indian Super League 2020-21. The team has been missing the goal scoring partnership between Roy Krishna and him. It’ll be an intriguing match as ATK Mohun Bagan have a chance to go top of the table yet again and will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season. The season has by far been the most competitive and Hyderabad FC have had a promising start to the season as they remain unbeaten so far.
Roy Krishna has scored the majority of the goals this season for ATK Mohun Bagan and will need help from others in the squad. Manvir Singh has had an impact in the games from the bench but the one he started against Odisha FC was a disappointing one for him personally. Edu Garcia has featured in a few games in the second striker position but he is more suited to a creative midfielder position on the field.
The need for David Williams is apparent in the team now. The former Wellington Phoenix striking partnership with Roy Krishna was lethal last season and the Mariners’ fans were hoping to see more of the same in their debut season. Williams has featured for only 71 minutes and there were a few injury concerns for him in the past two matches. He was seen back in training and could be the key player for them in the upcoming few matches.
Antonio Lopez Habas has mentioned in his pre-match press conference that both David Wiliams and Javi Hernandez are close to coming back on the field. The games do come thick and fast in the Hero ISL so it’ll be interesting to see whether Javi Hernandez and he make a comeback in the match against Hyderabad FC. It is confirmed that Hyderabad FC’s captain and star striker Aridane Santana will miss this match due to an injury.
ATK Mohun Bagan (3-5-2): Arindam Bhattacharja (GK); Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan; Prabir Das, Glan Martins, Carl McHugh, Edu Garcia, Subhasish Bose; Roy Krishna, David Williams
Hyderabad FC (4-2-3-1): Laxmikant Kattimani (GK); Asish Rai, Odei Onaindia, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mehta; Hitesh Sharma, Joao Victor; Mohammed Yasir, Halicharan Narzary, Liston Colaco; Abhishek Halder
ATK Mohun Bagan conceded two goals from set-pieces in their last game against Jamshedpur FC and in the press conference coach Habas wanted to address this issue. “The opponents had good players for this situation (set-pieces). I have full confidence in my players and I hope this kind of situation (set-piece goals) will not be repeated.”
WHERE TO WATCH ATKMB VS HFC
The match between ATK Mohun Bagan against Hyderabad 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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