ATK seek their first point of the current season when they host Hyderabad in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), with the latter playing its first-ever game in ISL. While the hosts will be aiming to bounce back from the defeat in the first game as they went down 2-1 on the road against Kerala Blasters.
It's fair to say that ATK haven't been anywhere near their best in the last two years. They have finished the last two seasons outside the top-four, thus missing out on the playoffs.
But ATK should be in the mix this season, for the roster is good and more talented than last season. That's why the pressure is on head coach Antonio López Habas to deliver, to keep the team competitive and within touching distance of their opponents.
Hyderabad, on the other hand, came to life in ISL after FC Pune City closed down their operations due to financial problems. But the core of the Hyderabad's team featured for Pune last season in what was an underwhelming campaign for the Punekars.
The Indian Super League match will be played between ATK and Hyderabad at Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), in Kolkata. The ground has a capacity of 85,000.
The game will start at 07:30 PM (IST), on Friday, October 25.
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ATK Team News:
ATK were without centre-back John Johnson (injury) for their season opener match against Kerala Blasters, and the Englishman is expected to be on the sideline for this game as well. Habas is expected to stick with the same backline which featured in the last match as a result.
Former A-League striker Roy Krishna will lead the attack for the hosts. He had a lively outing in the last game as he could have a couple of goals for himself.
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Arindam Bhattacharya, Avilash Paul, Lara
Defenders: Anas Edathodika, Arnab Mondal, Agus Garcia, Ranjan Salam, Sandeep Singh, Anil Chawan, John Johnson, Aiborlang Khongjee, Ankit Mukherjee, Prabir Das, Ricky Lallawmawma, Sena Ralte, Pritam Kotal, Boris Thangjam
Midfielders: Hitesh Sharma, Gopi Yumnam, Cavin Lobo, Carl McHugh, Pronay Halder, Asish Pradhan, Michael Ragin, Sehnaj Singh, Ragav Gupta, Malsawmzuala, Javi Hernandez, Dario Vidosic, Michael Soosairaj
Forwards: Jayesh Rane, Komal Thatal, David Williams, Balwant Singh, Jobby Justin, Roy Krishna, Edu Garcia, H Lalmuankima
ATK Probable XI:
Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Pritam Kotal, Agus Garcia, Carl McHugh, Prabir Das, Pronay Halder, Sehnaj Singh, Javi Garcia, Michael Soosairaj, David Williams, Roy Krishna
Hyderabad FC Team News:
Hyderabad roped in former A-League striker Bobo for this season. He will start the game and will make his debut along with Asish Rai and Laldanmawia.
Hyderabad squad for the season:
Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Kamaljit Singh, Anuj Kumar
Defenders: Gurtej Singh, Mohammad Yasir, Tarif Akhand, Asish Rai, Sahil Panwar, Rafael Lopez Gomez, Matthew Kilgallon
Midfielders: Adil Ahmed Khan, Sahil Tavora, Deependra Negi, Nestor Jesus Benitez, Rohit Kumar, Gani Nigam, Nikhil Poojary, Marko Stankovic, Shankar Sampingiraj, Laldanmawia Ralte
Forwards: Giles Barnes, Marcelo Leite Pereira (Marcelinho), Abhisek Halder, Robin Singh, Deyvison Rogerio Da Silva (Bobo)
Hyderabad Probable XI:
Kamaljit Singh (GK), Asish Rai, Matthew Kilgallon, Rafa Lopez, Sahil Panwar, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Marcelinho, Laldanmawia Ralte, Bobo, Robin Singh
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ATK vs HYD Dream11 potential winner:
ATK are favourite to win the match.