In the 94th league match, ATK Mohun Bagan FC and Jamshedpur FC will lock horns in the second fixture of today’s doubleheader Sunday, at the Fatorda Stadium. In their previous encounter this season, The Red Miners emerged victorious in a 2-1 scoreline, courtesy of a brace from super striker Nerijus Valskis. ATK MB will be looking for payback this time. Here’s all you need to know about #ATKMBJFC!
Currently, ATK Mohun Bagan stands up second in the points table behind Mumbai City FC with 33 points, and a draw in the Hyderabad FC Vs East Bengal match confirmed that ATKMB will play the semi-finals this season!
Winning 10 out of 16 matches, the team has lost and shared spoils in three matches respectively. Looking at the performance of the team in the last five matches, the Mariners have won 4 out of the five of their games and are coming from a 2-0 victory over Bengaluru FC. The men in green and maroon will be looking forward to the league top position and they are just one point behind the Islanders.
On the other hand, Owen Coyle’s men have are currently cemented on to the sixth position with 21 points. Jamshedpur FC is one of the teams which have had some major arrivals and departures into the squad during the winter transfer window. They’ve signed Farukh, Len, and Boris. The notable departures include Jacki and Amarjit. Having won 5 out of 17 matches, the team has lost and shared spoils 6 times respectively this season. Looking at the teams’ performance in the last five matches, the red miners could only win two matches. They are coming from a 1-0 victory against Chennayin FC. Jamshedpur FC can be in the top four however the team’s striking department has been clumsy.
3 INDIAN PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
The 25-year-old from Punjab has been impressive this season for ATK Mohun Bagan and has netted 4 goals and provided 3 assists to the team. Before signing with the Kolkata-based club, Manvir played for FC Goa where he made his ISL debut back in the 2017-18 season. Manvir signed a three year deal with the Mariners this season and a brace against Odisha FC also shows his capability of scoring goals.
The 31-year-old custodian from Kolkata leads the race for the golden glove with his fantastic performance in front of the posts. Starting his career back in 2007 with Churchill Brothers, Arindam has guarded the posts of clubs like FC Pune City, Bengaluru FC and has also won the ISL silverware with ATK. He conceded 10 goals and has made 46 saves this season so far.
T. P Rehenesh
The 28-year-old shot-stopper from Kerala signed for Jamshedpur FC this season after his stint with his home club, Kerala Blasters. Rehenesh, who has played for clubs like Shillong Lajong, North East United, and East Bengal brings immense experience to the team along with his acrobatic saves. The Indian international debuted in the ISL with North East United back in 2014. Rehenesh has conceded 16 goals this season and has made 47 saves. The custodian of Men in Steel looks solid at the back.
3 FOREIGN PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Marcelo Leite Pereira
Marcelinho initially signed for Odisha FC and later on, ATK Mohun Bagan bolstered their squad with the addition of the Brazilian maestro. Marcelinho came to the ISL with Delhi Dynamos back in 2016 where he also received the golden boot for scoring the highest number of goals that season. He also represented Pune City FC, Hyderabad FC in the ISL before moving to Odisha. The 33-year-old played 9 matches for the juggernauts. With the Mariners, Marcelinho and Roy Krishna together have been doing good. Having played 11 matches for both the team, he netted 2 goals to his name.
The Fijian international has been continuing his form from last season and is the one-stop answer for ATK Mohun Bagan’s goals this season. The 33-year-old has scored 12 goals this season and is actively competing in the race for the golden boot. The star striker came to India last season after his stint with A-league side Wellington Phoenix and has netted more than 50 goals for the Nix.
The Nigerian defender signed for Jamshedpur FC this season from Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Tobol. The 26-year-old has been lethal in both attacking and defending evident from the 3 goals he scored for the team. He started his career with Nigerian Professional League side Lobi Stars FC and has even played in Bulgaria, where he went on to represent his team Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the UEFA Europa League in the 2019-20 season.
INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS
Boris Singh won’t be available for today’s match against his former club. Edu garcia is also injured and mights miss the match.
ATK MOHUN BAGAN
Kotal,Tiri, Jhingan, Subhasish
Lenny ,McHugh Manvir ,Marcelinho
Doungel,Mohashir, Monroy Farukh,
With the current forms of both the teams, ATK Mohun Bagan have an upper hand in this game and we expect the result to be in favor of the Mariners, However, both the teams are desperate for a win.