ATK will look to do the double over Bengaluru FC when they face defending champions Bengaluru FC in the 88th match of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2019-20 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday. The Kolkata outfit edged Bengaluru FC 1-0 back in December where they dominated the game from start to finish.
With both teams having qualified for the play-offs, there is a likelihood that the coaches will opt to rest several of their first-team players.
Bengaluru FC haven't been in good form as they picked up only a point from their last two away games in Chennai and Kerala. In the midweek AFC Cup qualifying fixture in Maldives, the Blues suffered a 2-1 defeat against Maldives' Maziya although they did score a crucial away goal. The good news is that Sunil Chhetri and Juanan are back in contention for a start as they have served their suspension. However, Albert Serran is ruled out after having picked up his fourth yellow card.
Meanwhile, ATK will look to bounce back after their 3-1 defeat on home soil by Chennaiyin FC last weekend. Antonio Habas, the ATK coach, would want his team to return to winning ways ahead of the crucial play-offs.
The bad news for the Kolkata side is that experienced centre-back Anas Edathodika has been ruled out for six months owing to an injury he picked up in the last match. Attacking midfielder Javier Hernandez too is suspended which means David Williams could be handed a start.
Match: 88th match of Indian Super League (ISL) 2019 -20, between Bengaluru FC and ATK
Date: February 22 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru
TV Channels: Star Sports Network
Live Streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV
Bengaluru FC: Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (GK), Gursimrat Singh Gill, Juanan, Rahul Bheke, Parag Srivas, Harmanjot Khabra, Francisco Borges, Suresh Wangjam, Udanta Kumam, Deshorn Brown, Kevaughn Frater.
ATK FC: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Pritam Kotal, Victor Mongil, Sumit Rathi, Prabir Das, Michael Soosairaj, Javier Hernandez, Armando Sosa Pena, David Williams, Jayesh Rane, Roy Krishna.