Date: 19 February 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Fatorda Stadium
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ATK Mohun Bagan will play SC East Bengal to resume one of the oldest rivalries in Indian Football- the Kolkata Debry- on Friday. In the context of the season though, it might hold little significance as title favourites and table toppers ATK Mohun Bagan with 36 points from 17 matches take on a ninth-ranked East Bengal with 17 points from the same number of matches. However, it will be a battle of nerves as players take the field against their arch-rivals and as history shows funny things tend to happen in the derby. However, on current form it is Mohun Bagan who look well-settled and favourites to clinch the three points.
ATKMB: ATK Mohun Bagan would have all their key players available for selection and would look to put their best team forward given the hype that the Bengal derby gets and the prestige associated with the match.
East Bengal: No injury news from the East Bengal camp as of now and they would put their best team for the match too.
Expect East Bengal to give it their all against their arch-rival. It will be a massive boost to their campaign if they manage to pull of a win against ATKMB despite an otherwise disappointing season. Meanwhile, ATKMB will be incredibly disappointed if they fail to get the three points in this derby. They won the reverse fixture earlier in the season by 2-1. They will need to continue with their ruthless approach when they take the field on Friday if they are to maintain their supremacy at the top of the table.
Probable Playing XI:
ATKMB: Arindam Bhattacharja, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Carl McHugh, Lenny Rodrigues, Manvir Singh, David Williams, Marcelo Pereira, Roy Krishna
East Bengal: Subrata Paul, Ankit Mukherjee, Sarthak Golui, Daniel Fox, Raju Gaikwad, Narayan Das, Sourav Das, Jacques Maghoma, Matti Steinmann, Anthony Pilkington, Bright Enobakhare
Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharja, Subrata Paul
Defenders: Sandesh Jhingan, Tiri, Daniel Fox, Narayan Das
Midfielders: Jacques Maghoma, Marcelo Pereira, Manvir Singh, Matti Steinmann
Forwards: Roy Krishna, Bright Enobakhare, David Williams
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