The rejuvenated NorthEast United FC will welcome the struggling defending champions, ATK, at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. Here, we take a quick look at three things you could expect out of this exciting encounter.
3. High on Confidence
After a managerial change, NorthEast United are finally looking like a side with intent. Avram Grant has added an expansive style of play to Northeast, and that paid dividends against FC Goa.
They managed to beat FC Goa after losing four on the trot, and now they'd look to leapfrog the defending champions by getting a win over them as well.
2. Like Real Madrid
ATK have just managed to win two games this season and can still cut the deficit to the playoff spots to just two points with a win tonight.
ATK assistant coach, Bastob Roy thought his team has been very unlucky, and mentioned Real Madrid's faltering title defence. He still hopes ATK will bounce back and have enough time to get to the playoffs.
1. Without Keane
ATK have struggled for consistency this year, and the lack of a formidable strikeforce has always been the most alarming factor for the Bengal side. Robbie Keane's return to fitness gave ATK a glimmer of hope, as they finally looked sharper in front of goal.
However, against Northeast, ATK won't have their captain, Keane, as he had to stay back with an injury. It'll be even more difficult for ATK to break NorthEast United's resistance, but coach Teddy Sheringham is confident of coping with his captain's absence.