Atlético look to cement top spot with a win vs Mumbai
Defending champions Atlético de Kolkata will look to consolidate their lead at the top of the 2015 Hero Indian Super League standings when they host Mumbai City FC at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Friday. This will be both teams’ last match of the league stage and while Kolkata, one of the three semi-finalists so far this season with 23 points from 13 matches, will target going four points clear of FC Goa and Delhi Dynamos FC, for Mumbai, who lie in eighth place and out of semis contention, it’s a matter of pride, and finishing an otherwise disappointing season on a high is what they must be eyeing.
Form Guide [Last 5 Matches]
Atlético de Kolkata: W-D-W-W-W
Mumbai City FC: D-L-L-D-L
Head-to-Head: Last year, ATK beat Mumbai 3-0 at home in the league opener. However, Mumbai avenged the defeat in their home encounter as they beat ATK 2-1 in Navi Mumbai. Earlier this season, ATK again took the lead with a 4-1 thrashing of Mumbai at the DY Patil Stadium, thanks to Iain Hume’s hat-trick.
An integral part of Atlético de Kolkata’s defence, Arnab Mondal has been a solid presence at the back for the reigning champions all season. A strong presence in aerial duel, Mondal, along with Tiri, has turned Kolkata into the meanest defence of the league. Comfortable while distributing the ball out from the back, he also has a passing accuracy of 86%.
Mumbai’s top goal-scorer for the season, Sunil Chhetri will be his side’s most lethal attacking threat on Friday. Blessed with the ability to carve open opposition defences, Chhetri has also accounted for an assist this season. His propensity to drift into wide areas also makes him a threat from the flanks.
Sameehg Doutie vs Sony Norde
One of the revelations of Hero ISL 2015, Sameehg Doutie has been one of ATK’s most creative forces this year. The South African’s pace and ability to put in dangerous balls into the box from wide areas will be an area of concern for Mumbai’s full-backs. A clinical finisher in front of goal, Doutie has also found the back of the net on three occasions this season.
Like Doutie, Sony Norde is also a force to be reckoned with from the flanks. The Haitian’s ability to go past opposition defenders and his dangerous crosses into box suggest ATK will have their work cut out. He has made three assists in Season 2, the most by any player from Mumbai.
Iain Hume vs Pavel Cmovs
Mumbai’s defence can expect to have their hands full with Iain Hume circling their penalty area. The Canadian striker has been in scintillating form this year, having scored nine goals and two hat-tricks in the process. Hume is also capable of creating chances for his team-mates and has made three assists for ATK so far.
A rock at the heart of Mumbai’s defence all season, Pavel Cmovs’ 39 tackles for his side thus far are second only to their midfield general Cristian Bustos. Comfortable in possession, Cmovs has a passing accuracy of 83% in Hero ISL 2015. The 25-year-old has also made the most number of clearances for his side (91).
Atlético de Kolkata: Amrinder Singh, Juan Calatayud, Kunzang Bhutia (Lachungpa), Arnab Mondal, Denzil Franco, Nallappan Mohanraj, Syed Rahim Nabi, Dejan Lekic, José Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Rino Anto, Lalchhawnkima, Augustin Fernandes, Sheikh Jewel Raja, Clifford Miranda, Borja Fernández, Ofentse Nato, Jaime Gavilan Martinez, Sameehg Doutie, Arata Izumi, Javier ‘Javi’ Lara Grande, Valmiro Lopes Rocha, Baljit Sahni, Nadong Bhutia, Hélder Postiga (marquee player), Sushil Kumar Singh, Iain Hume
Mumbai City FC: Subrata Paul, Albino Gomes, Debjit Majumder, Kinshuk Debnath, Darren O’Dea, Pavel Čmovš, Keegan Pereira, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai (Chhuantea), Frantz Bertin, Rowilson Rodrigues, Aitor Fernandez Lopez, Gabriel Fernandes, Juan Aguilera Nunez, Brandon Fernandes, Selim Benachour, Cristian Bustos, Saran Singh, Pratesh Shirodkar, Sampath Kumar Kuttymani, Ashutosh Mehta, Singam Subash Singh, Nicolas Anelka (Marquee & Manager), Sony Norde, Sunil Chhetri, Frederic Piquionne
– ISL Media