Written bySayak Basu ·
While the Kolkata-based two-time winners of the tournament are sixth on the league table with 17 points from 13 matches, Jamshedpur are fifth with 20 points.
Will ATK level points with Jamshedpur tomorrow? Or will Jamshedpur equal fourth-placed NorthEast United?
Here is our detailed match preview.
ATK have to secure a victory tomorrow to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the play-offs.
In their last five matches, ATK have won just one, drawing against Goa, NorthEast and Kerala while losing to Bengaluru FC.
Edu Garcia's form will be a decisive factor in tomorrow's fixture.
Manuel Lanzarote will return to action after missing the Blasters match.
Jamshedpur are looking pretty solid, coming off five straight matches without a loss.
But they have a huge concern in terms of Tim Cahill getting injured and probably being out for the rest of the season.
Mario Arques can be marked in the mid-field by Pronay Haldar, a situation the Spaniard needs to be aware of.
Carlos Calvo won't participate due to his suspension.
Kolkata's defense can take inspiration from the fact that they kept a clean sheet against fierce attackers in the FC Goa match.
While going forward, Edu Garcia will be their trump card. Further, attacking mid-fielder Manuel Lanzarote will also be important.
Sergio Cidoncha and Pablo Morgado will be Jamshedpur's main men going forward while Sumit Passi might replace Cahill as the striker.
ATK: Arindam, Ricky, Vieira, Johnson, Kotal, Halder, Santos, Rane, Lanzarote, Garcia, Balwant.
Jamshedpur: Pal, Dhanachandra, Gaikwad, Tiri, Gurung, Arques, Memo, Soosairaj, Cidoncha, Morgado, Passi.
The match is scheduled to kick-off from 7:30 PM and can be viewed on the Star Sports network or live-streamed on Hotstar and Jio TV.
If ATK manage to score early tomorrow, chances are they might come out on top.
However, they have been plagued by poor performance of their forwards this term, and it will remain a concern for them.
It will be interesting to see how Jamshedpur cope up with the loss of Cahill, but the balance is still in their favor. Jamshedpur can win 1-0.
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