Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
Kick off : 1630 IST
The crunch time is here. Match fifty five of the Hero Indian Super League serves a delicious end to what has been a very unpredictable group stage. Lets get it straight with the permutations. The home side are tied on points with Delhi Dynamos and only a big defeat can dent their chances of a semi final spot. Whereas their opponents are calmly sitting safe at the second position in the table. A victory for the coastal side will take them to the summit of the table. All eyes would be on how Zico deploys his team tonight- as Delhi Dynamos hope for a miracle. Any sort of points from this game, and Atletico de Kolkata are into the last four.
Team News And Tactical Brief
Atletico de Kolkata
The Red-&-Blue stripes from Kolkata certainly did not plan for a day like this. After a wonderful start to the season, Coach Antonio Habas’ side has not been up to the mark. With teams now breathing down their neck, its time for the Sourav Ganguly owned side to stand up and get counted. With only one victory in their last five games- Atletico de Kolkata are surely feeling the heat as they gear up to lock horns against the Goan rivals.
Luis Garcia would once again be a key figure in the middle of the park with Borja and Jofre. The trio would have a simple plan of bringing the dangerous Fikru in the game. The Ethopian international has already netted four crucial goals and will be eager to add more to his kitty against a relatively inexperienced Delhi defense. Josemi would be leading the defence with India international Arnab Mondal keeping solid at the back. The Kolkata defense leaked in two goals in their last game against Mumbai City FC which clearly is an area of improvement for the club.
Probable Sarting XI (4-2-3-1): Roy, Baljit, Mondal, Josemi, Mohandas, Nato, Borja, Jofre, Lester, Garcia, Fikru.
Zico’s side after thumping of the Delhi Dynamos in the capital, strung together a series of favorable results. The side form Goa has now clinched four triumphs in their last five games. Goa now take on the fourth placed Atletico de Kolkata at the Salt Lake stadium. Last time these two sides met – Kolkata clinched a famous victory with Cavin Lobo stroking home two goals. Revenge would certainly be on the cards today.
Andre Santos will once again be expected to start in the middle of the park and orchestrate the moves. Zico is playing former Arrows player Bikramjeet Singh in a more of a attacking mid role. The off the ball running of the Punjab lad is certainly helping the cause for FC Goa. Desai and in form Romeo will be once again expected to take charge of the flanks. Slepicka or Bengelloun will be given the striking responsibilities .
Probable Sarting XI (4-3-3):Seda; Bruno, Arnolin, Das, Roy; Santos, Balwant, Amiri; Romeo, Desai, Slepicka.
Atletico de Kolkata 2 – 1 FC Goa
The Kolkata based club has got the bit between it’s teeth. It’s now or never for them . At the end, the result will depend on which team wants to win more. With the hosts going into the match with a tipsy recent record, Antonio Habas’ side will showcase more zeal to clinch all three points today, especially in front of the home fans.