ATK travel for the last time this season to face off with FC Goa, their ever aggressive rivals since the launch of ISL. Interestingly in all the previous three seasons combined, ATK has never lost a game to FC Goa. And the 1st leg ended in a goal for each side and hence no loss to ATK till date. Will Fatorda witness FC Goa rewriting history tonight and make it to this year’s playoffs adding more to ATK’s misery? Only time will tell. Till then lets discuss what we can certainly anticipate.
The talking point since the last game ATK played against Delhi Dynamos FC has been the entry of young South African right winger, Sibongakonke Mbatha. He was at his absolute best one can say in his debut for the club. He scored a solitary goal for himself and also assisted Robbie Keane in scoring his double of the game. ATK lost the game 4-3 after having acquired a lead of 3-1 at a time. It was simply a horrendous show at the back in the ATK defence in the last 15-20 mins. Irish Legend had spurred up a comeback with a stunning free-kick from a setpiece that got ATK their 2nd of the night. Mbatha with his outright pace and dodges bamboozled the opposition time and again. With Zequinha deemed to be fit before tonight’s game it’s all to be seen how Goa cope up with this trio spurring up attacks together having nothing to lose at this juncture of the league having almost struck rock bottom already.
Whereas FC Goa are coming off a thumping win over FC Pune City with a margin that of 4-0. That FC Pune City side that struck ATK four goals this season earlier. Moroccan midfielder, Hugo Boumous has been in some scintilating touch. He was instrumental in Goa’s dominating victory last match and will be upbeat about his performance come tonight’s game. The other likely threats are Ferran Corominas & Lanzarote with Mandar Rao Desai on the wings. So FC Goa is always a quality side to fall off with.