The Highlanders, changed their fate by sacking their previous coach Joao de Deus for a terrible start to the season. The replacement of the coach did work and they won a crucial match against FC Goa 2-1 in their last game which saw them pocket three crucial points. Under the guidance of former Chelsea manager Avram Grant, North East United will want to claim another big scalp in ATK, the two times champion who themselves have struggled this season.
North East United’s biggest problem so far has been their finishing. Their misfiring attack has only been able to score four goals in eight games. While plenty of chances have been created with Marcinho being the inspiration in midfield, their forwards have been a huge letdown. Hence, Seimenlen Doungel’s performance in the game against FC Goa comes as a relief for Avram Grant.
Their defence has also troubled the Highlanders, having conceded 13 goals so far.
ATK have also had an underwhelming season so far and find themselves in eighth position, just two points ahead of their hosts. Teddy Sheringham’s team has also struggled to score goals, with just six recorded this season. But with the addition of Ryan Taylor, who has played in midfield and at right-back at times, ATK have looked a bit more solid than their opponents on Friday.
However, the absence of Robbie Keane, who has picked up an injury will blunt their attack a bit.
League- Indian Super League 2017-2018
Venue- Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, India
Date and Time- 8:00 PM IST on Friday, January 12, 2018
Last six performances of both teams against others (All leagues and cups inclusive):
NEUFC – W, L, L, L, L, W
ATK – D, L, W, W, D, L
Rehenesh (GK), Reagan, Goncalves, Sambhina, Chettri, Diaz, Borges, Narzary, Marcinho, Doungel, Danilo
Debjit (GK), Keegan, Figueras, Thorpe, Prabir, Zequinha, Conor, Taylor, Bipin, Hitesh, Robin
Ryan Taylor (ATK)
Danilo Lopes (NEUFC)
Even though the points table indicate that Atletico De Kolkata is the better team on sheets and on ground, North East United FC looks stronger if we consider the last six performances of both these team in this edition of Indian Super League. Moreover, the match is in Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati which is the home ground of North East FC. The home team would try to do anything to ensure that they get the most out of this match because it would help them climb up on the points table and their opponent for this game. Our bet is on North East United FC in this game.
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