Date: 06 March 2021
Time: 07:30 PM (IST)
Venue: GMC Stadium, Bambolim, Goa
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Indian Super League semi-final Leg 1 will continue with NorthEast United vs ATK Mohun Bagan on Saturday. While NorthEast United will be coming on the back of a successful league stage campaign, beating Kerala Blasters 2-0 in their last match, things will be different for ATK Mohun Bagan. The Mariners will take on to pitch after the disappointing loss to Mumbai City that cost them ISL shield and much-coveted AFC Champions League spot.
The return leg of the fixture will be played on March 9, and both the sides will want to have lead in their hands when facing each other the second time. So, will ATK Mohun Bagan bounce back to win, or Khalid Jamil’s magic with the Highlanders will steal the show? It will surely be an interesting affair at GMC Stadium.
Khalid Jamil’s take over at NorthEast United has been a successful move as the side smoothly sailed to top-4 in the league stage. The disciplined results were a cherry on the cake as the Highlanders will have everyone available in the ranks for the crucial clash against Mohun Bagan. The revival under new coach has improved side’s attacking ability, and they will want to have it when they face the defence of ATK Mohun Bagan.
ATK Mohun Bagan:
ATK Mohun Bagan will have everyone available at their disposal for the first-leg of the semi-final, although it should be noted that nothing has been said about Sandesh Jhingan’s injury. Habas’ men have been a wall at the back, guarding their goal better than anyone else in the league. The side would love to maintain the same intensity against NorthEast United, who are known to break the tightest of the deadlocks.
It will be a battle of wits when Jamil’s Highlanders go up against Habas’ Mariners. Both the teams prefer to keep the backline tight and not concede an early goal. Notably, the sides are also eerily similar when going on attack, as both prefer counter-attacking football to get an upper edge over the opponents. With both the teams deploying similar tactics, it will boil down to the efficiency of players, making this game potentially an end-to-end contest. So regardless of the result, it will be a fun watch.
For fantasy team, it is recommended to make two teams, one with more emphasis on attack, and another with more emphasis on defence, as you never know how coaches might want to grind out in the semis.
Probable Playing 11
Roy; Dorjee, Lambot, Fox, Lakra; Lalengmawia, Camara, Gallego; Suhair, Brown, Machado.
ATK Mohun Bagan:
Arindam; Singh, Jhingan, Tiri, Kotal; Rodrigues, McHugh, Halder; Marcelinho, Roy, Williams.
Goalkeepers: Roy, Arindam
Defenders: Lambot, Tiri, Kotal, Jhingan
Midfielders: Camara, Gallego, McHugh, Singh
Forwards: Machado, Brown, Roy, Williams
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