ATK are off to the Sree Kanteerava Stadium,Bengaluru to face off with one of this year’s ISL stiff opposition, newbie, Bengaluru FC. The ISL reigning champions take on the former I-League & Federation Cup holders in an enthralling tie for the first time ever.
Bengaluru FC, play this game in their home turf on the back of an away crucial win over their epic rivals, KBFC in Kerala. They will surely eye on all 3 points from this game which would mean BFC top the league charts as they have already secured 15 from their 8 games. ATK stand 7th with 9 points from their 7 games till now. They can move a place higher above Jamshedpur FC if they manage to kick past BFC in this all important encounter.
BFC are blessed with the likes of Venezuelan striker, Miku who has already netted 8 for them this season. He’s been prolific in his scoring boots in almost all games for his side till now and also been a shrewd supplier to Udanta & Chhetri making runs alongside him. Paartalu, Dimas, Edu Garcia in midfield with Johnson, Bheke,Khabra at the back with goalie Gurpreet Singh Sandhu make BFC a force to reckon with in this year’s ISL. Yet Albert Roca’s side has failed to win their last two games on home soil which can surely glitter the hopes among ATK fans & management.
ATK travel on the back of a seriously late night draw in their last fixture against FC Goa in Kolkata. It ended 1-1 with the Irish man Robbie Keane netting his 2nd for the season on back to back games. He’s been influential in changing ATK’s fortune since the day he’s donned the Red & Whites.
Teddy Sheringham would love to get back the services of Robin Singh if he’s to be fit for tonight’s game as youngster Hitesh Sharma has failed to nullify the void even though his efforts cannot be questioned. ATK dropped on their 3 points last game due to a Anwar Ali hamstring injury which forced Teddy to play Ashutosh as a makeshift centre back where he failed miserably. Jordi Figueras is likely to come back tonight which will surely bolster the ATK defense alongside Thorpe, Prabir and Keegan. ATK coach must look to play Bipin Singh as he’s been a game changer on one or two occasions this season and can prove to be his trump card against BFC tonight as he’s quite a dark horse among the Indian contingent in this season’s ISL. Ryan Taylor & Zequinha should look past their last game and improve their gameplay if they are to reward ATK with all 3 points tonight in this all important away clash against the Sunil Chhetri led side.
BFC Key Players: Miku, Chhetri, Johnson, Gurpreet
ATK Key Players: Keane, Zequinha, Taylor, Debjit
Can ATK bag a win against BFC tonight? Stay glued to us for match results and talking points later tonight after match!