League leaders Bengaluru FC will take on ATK tonight at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Thursday in the Indian Super League.
This game will be the final fixture for both teams ahead of a long winter break. Here are three things to look forward to from this clash...
3. John Johnson's return to former club
ATK defender John Johnson will return to his former stomping ground to face the team with whom he enjoyed a glorious time.
The 30-year-old defender was an integral part of Bengaluru FC's rise in Indian football as he spent five successful years in South India, making 86 appearances for them, scoring four goals before making the move to ATK.
With his team in a must-win situation in order to have a chance to make it into the top four this season, Johnson could prove to be the key for ATK tonight.
2. Bengaluru eyeing an unbeaten ISL campaign
Till now, Bengaluru FC have not been beaten by any of the nine other teams in the Indian Super League this season. They have been in incredible form and are on 24 points from 10 games.
The Blues, however, are still yet to win any games in December following their two successive draws against Northeast United and Mumbai City FC.
Striker Sunil Chhetri has been brilliant, Albert Serran and Juanan have been brilliant at the back whereas Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been immense in goal for Bengaluru. All of these factors might see them go unbeaten in the league this season.
1. Dismal head-to-head record for ATK against the Blues
Bengaluru FC have dominated previous clashes against ATK in the Indian Super League. Both teams have played against each other just three times in the league with the Blues winning all three games.
In those three wins, Bengaluru scored a total of five goals compared to ATK's one. Tonight presents the Kolkata giants a chance to break their duck.
BENGALURU FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Eric Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Semboi Haokip, Sunil Chhetri (C)
ATK: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Ankit Mukherjee, John Johnson, Andre Bikey, Ricky Lallawmawma, Gerson Vieira, Pronay Halder, Jayesh Rane, Manuel Lanzarote (C), Everton Santos, Balwant Singh