25 December 2019 16:32
Click here to follow all the live action from the Indian Super League match between ATK and Bengaluru FC. Preview: ATK will look to make their strong home form count when they take on defending champions Bengaluru FC in a Hero Indian Super League tie at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday. With the league at the half-way stage, this battle between two teams in the top four promises a lot of action. Antonio Habas' ATK will hope to utilise their strong home form to their advantage against a tough Bengaluru outfit. The Kolkata-based side are the only team to remain unbeaten at home this season and have scored the most goals at home (10).
To top it all, Habas' side have been exemplary in defence at home, conceding just the three goals - joint-highest in ISL. However, their record will be put to test against Carles Cuadrat's Bengaluru FC who are unbeaten away from home this season. "We have to compare them (Bengaluru) as the best team this season. It's very important for me and my players," said Habas. With eight goals for the season, Roy Krishna is ATK's primary weapon up front and he has hit a purple patch of late with five of his eight goals coming in the last four matches.
With a supporting cast that features the likes of David Williams, Javi Hernandez, Mandi Sosa and Edu Garcia, Krishna will be confident of getting good service. Bengaluru have a great record over ATK, having won all four games against them so far. In fact, ATK have scored just one goal past Bengaluru in those matches. Bengaluru's defence has been exemplary this season as well, having conceded just five goals in nine matches. The battle between a free-scoring ATK attack and a tight Bengaluru defence will play a key role in shaping the course of the match. Though they have scored just 11 goals in the ISL this season (fifth fewest), Bengaluru have the third-best goal difference in the league (+6). Despite featuring pacy wingers in Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan, Bengaluru have struggled to convert crosses. Despite having put in more than 100 crosses, they have scored just one goal from them. Bengaluru are placed second on the table (16 points) and Cuadrat will count on his team's tactical discipline to pull them through against an incisive ATK side and regain the top spot. I think it's very clever from ATK to bring players who are playing together," said Cuadrat. For Cuadrat, it's about the celebrations this festive season. For the full Indian Super League schedule, click here For all the results from this Indian Super League season, click here For the Indian Super League points table, click here ATK will lock horns with Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2019-20 later on tonight. The home side will be looking to hand the Bengaluru-franchise their first away loss of the season and continue with their mission to top the table. Meanwhile, Bengaluru FC holds a very good record against the Kolkata side and have conceded just five goals in nine matches. ATK vs Bengaluru FC: My Dream11 Team Forwards: S Chhetri, David Williams, Roy Krishna ATK vs Bengaluru FC: Probable Playing 11 ATK FC Playing XI: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Pritam Kotal, Salam Ranjan Singh, Prabir Das, Agustin Iniguez (C), Armando Sosa Pena, Sehnaj Singh, Javier Hernandez, Michael Soosairaj, David Williams, Roy Krishna Bengaluru FC Playing XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Nishu Kumar, Erik Paartalu, Raphael Augusto, Dimas Delgado, Sunil Chhetri (C), Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh ATK vs Bengaluru FC: Match details The match will be played on November 9, 2019, Saturday.