Atletico Kolkata is set to host Mumbai City at the Salt Lake stadium for another epic encounter in the Indian Super League. The visitors have to defeat the Kolkata Franchise if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. While the hosts will be playing for their pride as they are already out of the playoff race. Both the side will face each other for the second time in this edition of the Hero ISL. The previous meeting between both these teams ended in a 0-0 draw.
Mumbai City is on the verge of qualifying for the next round as they are placed fourth in the points table. They can’t afford to lose any match which would imperil their playoff hopes. The visitors started their campaign wonderfully and became a force to reckon with in this edition of ISL. Recently some slump performances have let them down; however, they would be hoping to bounce back with a win in the upcoming match. Jorge Costa’s regime, who have lost three league games in a row, needs to get back in form before it’s too late.
On the contrary, ATK had a terrible start to their campaign where they lost both their opening matches. Following a series of poor performances, the team from Kolkata is out of the contention for the playoff berth. The hosts have the least number of scored goals(15) this season which was one of the primary reasons why they will not finish in top-4. They will be looking to make some changes in the starting lineup to some youngsters a chance to express themselves. Having lost their last match by 3-0 against Kerala Blasters, the home side would be hoping to end their forgettable season on a high.
Date: Friday, 22 February 2019
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
League: Indian Super League
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar (Website, App)
ATK – L D W D L
Mumbai City– L L L W W
- John Johnson will not feature in this tie as he has been suspended.
- Manuel Lanzarote and Everton Santos are doubtful will remain doubtful in the starting lineup.
- Arindam Bhattacharya will start between the sticks.
Mumbai City FC
- Matias Mirabaje may be recalled back into the squad.
- Amrinder Singh will be the safety net for the backline.
Probable Playing XI
ATK: Arindam Bhattacharya, Pritam Kotal, John Johnson, Arnab Mondal. Ricky Lallawmawma, Gerson Vieira, Hitesh Sharma, Edu Garcia, Jayesh Rane, Everton Santos, Kalu Uche
Mumbai City: Amrinder Singh, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Lucian Goian, Subhasish Bose, Anwar Ali, Arnold Issoko, Milan Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Machado, Modou Sougou, Rafael Bastos
Modou Sougou (VC)
Manuel Lanzarote (C)