Atletico de Kolkata


Kerala Blaster

Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

26th October 2014, 16:30IST


League leaders Atletico De Kolkata take on a Kerela side who are yet to make a mark on the point’s table. After defeating FC Goa in their away match , Antonio Habas’s side will be full of confidence and will be expecting to capture all 3 points up for grabs. Atletico De Kolkata have made a brilliant start to their Indian Super League campaign, winning 3 and drawing 1 , accumulating 10 points in the process from their 4 matches . Antonio Habas will be looking to extend the unbeaten run and get all 3 points in their home ground. With Luis Garcia expected to be back , Atletico will be looking to unleash a fully fit squad on the Kerala based outfit.The Kerela Based side have made a torrid start to their campaign failing to register a single point after 2 matches and Trevor James Morgan will be hoping that the City Of Joy gives him some reason to rejoice. After suffering consecutive defeats against North East United FC and Chennayin FC , The Kerela based team will be looking to kick-start their season against Atletico .

Team News and Tactical Brief:

Atletico De Kolkata

Subhashis Roy Choudhury will be back in Goal replacing Apoula Edel , With Denzil Franco out with an injured Knee , it looks like Habas will opt for Arnab Mondal and former Lyon and Monaco defensive lynchpin Sylvain Monsoreau starting at the heart of the back four. Biswajit Saha will be expected to start at Left Lack and Former Liverpool Man Josemi , will be starting at the Right side of defence.

After a man of the match performance against FC Goa , Cavin Lobo will be expecting to start in the Midfield along with Former Real man Borja Fernandes.Luis Garcia is expected to be back but wont be ready for a start yet , Arnal Libert will be prefered ad Garcia will be hopefully making a late appearance.Baljit Sahni is expected to start at the Right Side of attack with Czech International Jacob Podany expected to start in the Left. Fikru Teferra, the Ethiopian international is expected to start up front alongside Arnal Libert.

Expected Starting XI against Kerela Blasters : Subhashis, Arnab, Sylvian, Biswajit, Josemi, Borja, Lobo, Baljit, Podany, Libert, Teferra.



Kerela Blasters

Kerela Blasters are expected to start with David James in Goal , While Sandesh Jhingan and Gurwinder Singh will be expected to start at the heart of the back 4. India International ,Nirmal Chettri will be expected to start at the right side of defence with French International Cedric Hengbart starting at Left Back.

Mehtab Hossain will be given the task of marshalling the midfield , playing in a deep position the midfielder will be expected to break up opponents attacks as well as build attacks from the back. Penn Orji and Avinabo Bag will be partnering Mehtab in Midfield playing in the left and right midfield posiitions respectively .

Kerela will be looking to start with 3 upfront , C.S.Sabeeth is expected to start in the Left side of attack with Former Canada International Ian Hume starting at the right side of attack.Hume has scored the only goal scored by the Kerela Blasters team . Michael Chopra looks likely to start ahead of Spanish, Victor Herrero Forcada .

Expected Starting XI against Atletico De Kolkata : James, Gurwinder, Jhingan , Nirmal , Hengbart , Mehtab , Penn , Avinabo , Sabeeth , Chopra , Hume .



Atletico De Kolkata  2-0  Kerela Blasters

With Atletico in fine form and with them playing in home soil , it will be difficult for the Kerela side to take any points off the Kolkata side. TheHardTackle predicts an easy victory for Atletico De Kolkata.