ATK will once again be looking to reclaim the top spot from FC Goa as they play hosts to Odisha FC as the league campaign comes close to an end. Odisha FC, on the other end, could make it to the knockout stages provided they win their final three games in the ongoing campaign. In terms of positioning, ATK is second in the league with 30 points and are three points off FC Goa with a game in hand, whereas, Odisha with 21 points is sixth and two points off fourth place Mumbai City.
Date- Saturday, February 8
Kick-Off- 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Salt Lake Stadium
Antonio Lopez Habas should be persisting with the same eleven that featured against Odisha FC. P Kotal, Agus and Edathodika should feature in the defensive backline. Mandi, J Hernandez, S Tathi and J Rane could fill in at midfield, while Roy Krishna and Edu Garcia should be leading the line of attack. David Williams is in doubt to start for the hosts.
Aridane Santana remains on the sidelines for the away side due to an injury. Having said that, M Onwu is likely to play uptop. Mawihmigthanga, Xisco Hernandez and Lalhlimpuia should be fitting in at the midfield. M.S Dhot, G Bora, D DIagne and N Das are likely to form the line of defence.
ATK (Expected Playing 11)- A Bhattacharya; P Kotal, Agus. Edathodika; P Das, J Rane, Mandi, J Hernandez, S Rathi; R Krishna, E Garcia
ODS (Expected Playing 11)- F Dorronsoro; M.S. Dhot, G.Bora, D Diagne, N Das; V Rai, M Perez Guedes; Mawihmingthanga, X Hernandez, D Lalhlimpula, M Onwu
Roy Krishna has been one of the central figures for ATK on the attack. Krishna has 10 goals, five assists and has made 378 passes from 15 games this season.
Xisco Hernandez has been pivotal in the advanced role for Odisha FC. Hernandez has five goals, two assists and 505 passes from 15 game this season.
ATK will be the favourites heading into the game
Edu Garcia has done well in the absence of David Williams for ATK. Garcia has four goals, two assists and has completed 298 passes from 12 games this season.
Manuel Onwu has two goals, an assist and has completed 79 passes from seven games this season for Odisha FC.
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