Recent from their Kolkata derby win, ATK Mohun Bagan will intention to proceed their red-hot type within the Indian Tremendous League after they tackle bottom-placed Odisha FC on the Fatorda Stadium right here on Thursday.
The 2 sides have witnessed contrasting fortunes to date this season. Odisha are winless and discover themselves within the backside half of the desk, having gathered only one level after their opening two video games. For ATKMB, a third-straight win on Thursday might put them on high of the desk. That they had crushed rivals SC East Bengal 2-0 within the first ISL derby on November 27.
Odisha FC got here from behind to safe their first level of the marketing campaign in opposition to Jamshedpur FC however there shall be issues over their backline that has appeared shaky. Stuart Baxter’s facet has conceded 29 photographs to date, joint-most by a group this season.
ATKMB striker Roy Krishna, with two targets in as many video games, will look to proceed his nice type. Antonio Habas’ facet, having scored all their targets from open play, will as soon as once more intention to hit their opponents on counter-attacks. Baxter is, nevertheless, effectively conscious of this and desires his facet to maintain issues tight on the again.
“You respect them as a result of they’ve good and skilled gamers,” Baxter stated.
“Whereas throwing gamers ahead, we’re conscious of the truth that, in transition, they get into the sport rapidly once we’re unfold out. It’s as much as the gamers on the day to verify we take away the areas they need and we defend effectively one-versus-one.”
Odisha FC may even must be efficient on the entrance as they face a facet who’re but to concede a aim this season. Aside from ATKMB, Hyderabad FC are the one facet who haven’t conceded a aim this season. And as soon as once more, Habas will anticipate his facet to be efficient at each ends of the pitch.
“The thought is to assault and defend. That is soccer and we assault and defend throughout transitions. That is the thought for us. I don’t perceive soccer as solely assault or solely protection,” Habas had stated after their derby win in opposition to SC East Bengal.
After netting a brace coming off the bench in opposition to Jamshedpur, Odisha striker Diego Mauricio might be in line for a begin. Baxter may even hope ahead Marcelinho regains his type, with the Brazilian having struggled to date.