ISL 2020-21:Fresh from their Kolkata derby win, ATK Mohun Bagan will aim to continue their red-hot form in the Indian Super League when they take on bottom-placed Odisha FC at the Fatorda Stadium here on Thursday.
The two sides have witnessed contrasting fortunes so far this season.
Odisha are winless and find themselves in the bottom half of the table, having accumulated just one point after their opening two games.
For ATKMB, a third-straight win on Thursday could put them on top of the table. They had beaten rivals SC East Bengal 2-0 in the first ISL derby on November 27.
Odisha FC came from behind to secure their first point of the campaign against Jamshedpur FC but there will be concerns over their backline that has appeared shaky. Stuart Baxter’s side has conceded 29 shots so far, joint-most by a team this season.
ATKMB striker Roy Krishna, with two goals in as many games, will look to continue his fine form. Antonio Habas’ side, having scored all their goals from open play, will once again aim to hit their opponents on counter-attacks.
Baxter is, however, well aware of this and wants his side to keep things tight at the back.
“You respect them because they have good and experienced players,” Baxter said.
“While throwing players forward, we’re aware of the fact that, in transition, they get into the game quickly when we’re spread out. It’s up to the players on the day to make sure we take away the spaces they want and we defend well one-versus-one.”
Odisha FC will also have to be effective at the front as they face a side who are yet to concede a goal this season.
Apart from ATKMB, Hyderabad FC are the only side who haven’t conceded a goal this season. And once again, Habas will expect his side to be effective at both ends of the pitch.
“The idea is to attack and defend,” Habas had said after their derby win against SC East Bengal.
“This is football and we attack and defend during transitions. This is the idea for us. I don’t understand football as only attack or only defense.”
After netting a brace coming off the bench against Jamshedpur, Odisha striker Diego Mauricio could be in line for a start. Baxter will also hope forward Marcelinho regains his form, with the Brazilian having struggled so far.
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This will be the first clash between Odisha FC and ATK Mohun Bagan in Indian Super League history. However, without doubt ATK Mohun Bagan is solid contender to lift the trophy once again based on their last season’s performance.
ATK have had their fair share of dominance winning two out of the previous meeting with the other teams this season in ISL.
When does ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC kick off? Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 –7:30 PM IST
Where is ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC being played? Fatorda Stadium, Goa
Where can I get tickets for ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website
What TV channel is ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC on in the India? This match will not be televised live in the UK but will be shown live on Star Sports in India
Where can I stream ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC in the India? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK but those in India can stream it via Disney + Hotstar and Jio TV
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Odisha FC host ATK Mohun Bagan in their next fixture of Indian Super League game of the season. This represents the third fixture for the newly formed ATK Mohun Bagan, a merger between ATK Football Club and Mohun Bagan. ATK were champions of the 2020 ISL season and this new club will begin this new season as one of the favourites to win it all again.
With the core overseas players of that title winning side retained alongside new additions such as Bradden Inman and centre-back Tiri, ATK Mohun Bagan are expected to mark their first ever league game with victory here. Having said that, they must be wary of Kerala’s attacking threat that includes new signing Gary Hooper and it would be no surprise to see the hosts find the net in this one.