ATK Mohun Bagan will be looking to resume their top-of-the-table bounce when they face unstable Odisha FC in the rescheduled 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) game at the PJN Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday. ATK Mohun Bagan last played a 2-2 draw against Hyderabad FC on 5 January. The Mariners had their next three matches postponed, including one against Odisha, meaning they have played only nine matches so far with 15 points.
Sunday’s win will take them to the top-four with two games in hand. ATKMB strengthened their backline with the addition of the message Xingan who returned to the fold from the Croatian side HNK Sibenik.
The Green and Maroons will miss the services of playmaker Hugo Baumus, who has been suspended for a tie. Baumus is the decisive cog in ATKMB’s attack. In 9 Hero ISL matches this season, he has scored five goals and provided three assists for the club. He is currently the joint highest goalscorer for the club.
The primary concern of head coach Juan Ferrando will be his backline who has scored 18 goals so far. They have now played seven matches without a clean sheet, their joint-highest run in the Hero ISL.
“Odisha looks like a strong team at the moment. He believes it will be a difficult game, “Ferrando commented. On playing two games less than the rest of the team, he said,” I don’t think there is any advantage that exists.
Odisha, meanwhile, regained their momentum with a backward win over northeastern United FC but coach Kino Garcia is well aware that ATKMB is a separate kettle of fish.
Odisha is winless in 2 matches against ATKMB. The Mariners are one of the two active teams that have never lost against Odisha, the other is FC Goa.
For Odisha, Aridai Cabrera has the best form scoring in each of Odisha’s last two wins. In fact, all of his goals this season have come in Odisha winning games. Javi Hernandez is also in good contact, and coach Garcia hopes both can shoot against a solid ATKMB.
“We know they have really powerful attackers and we have a plan for that. We have a chance to win points from this game, “said Kino Garcia.