Here is our exclusive SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan Match Preview. The biggest game of Indian football is knocking on the doors, SC East Bengal takes on ATK Mohun Bagan on 27th November in a battle of undying legacy. Antonio Lopez Habas’s men will want to draw the first blood against Robbie Fowler’s unpredictable SC East Bengal as the Kolkata giants lock horn in Indian Super League for the first time. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal share a legacy of over a century as both the rivals are engaged in an everlasting battle of supremacy. The Kolkata Derby isn’t just a match it’s an emotion for the two sets of supporters.
Date and Time
SC East Bengal vs. ATK Mohun Bagan will take place on 27th November at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) .
TV Coverage and Mobile Streaming
The Star Sports Network will telecast the Kolkata Derby, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD 2,3 are the channels that will telecast the match.
Disney+Hotstar will give live streaming of the match on mobile.
The Kolkata Derby will be played in Goa’s Tilak Maidan.
SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Match Bagan Preview: Team News and Lineup
SC East Bengal
Robbie Fowler, the SC East Bengal Coach was himself a man who played numerous derby for Liverpool FC against rivals like Manchester United and Everton. The man knows the pressure lying on the players; East Bengal is opening their season with a Kolkata Derby, that makes the match all more important for the English coach. East Bengal will be looking to open their ISL account with a win that too against their arch-rivals.
The onus will lie upon the midfield duo of Steinman and Maghoma to control the midfield and thus controlling the pace of the game. Fox and Neville will be the defensive duo at the back holding the East Bengal defence. Ambekar and Narayan Das will play the role of full-backs and we will see them overlapping quite a bit to assist the team’s offence.
Lyngdoh and Yumnam Gopi Singh are also expected to make the cut for the first eleven. Pilkington and Jeje will be given the all-important task to find the goal for the team. East Bengal looks a balanced side on paper. Can they match it with their performance only time can tell?
Chullova has returned to Kolkata, after sustaining an injury in team training. He is expected to be out for at least three weeks. He will miss the Kolkata Derby’s first leg played on Friday. Except for him, the team looks all fit and ready to go. Here is the expected lineup of SC East Bengal in the high voltage derby.
ATK Mohun Bagan
ATK Mohun Bagan has opened their league campaign with a 1-0 victory against former coach Kibu Vicuna’s Kerala Blasters on the opening day of the League. Antonio Lopez Habas has now turned his sight on the much-awaited Kolkata Derby. The Spaniard will be depending on his talisman Roy Krishna to outscore their noisy neighbors. Mohun Bagan’s defense looks solid with Sandesh Jhingan and Tiri along with skipper Pritam Kotal showed solidity at the back against the potent attacking line up of Kerala. Jhingan will be the man of the moment as he plays his first Kolkata Derby.
The midfield will be consisting of Javi Hernandez and Pronay Halder at the heat of the midfield with the task of breaking the opponent’s play in midfield along with former Motherwell FC captain Carl McHugh. Subhasish and Prabir will play the role of wing-backs balancing their attacking and defensive duties. The dynamic Roy Krishna will start alongside Edu Garcia upfront with Krishna’s partner in crime David Williams, who is expected to come from the bench. The reserve bench of ATK Mohun Bagan is one of the best in the league with potential match-winners like Williams, Manvir, Inman can come at any moment to turn the tide of the Kolkata Derby.
Soosairaj, an integral part of Habas’s team is now out of ISL as he suffered a grade 3 ACL injury forcing him out of the tournament. Jobby Justin is already out of the tournament after suffering the same injury in a team training session. The important duo of Jobby and Soosairaj will be missed by Habas as he prepares to take Green and Maroon to glory. Here is the expected lineup of ATK Mohun Bagan in the derby.
SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Interesting Facts About Kolkata Derby
- The first Kolkata Derby was played between the two Kolkata giants on August 8th, 1921, It was the Semi-Final of the Cooch-Behar Cup as the match ended in a 0-0 draw. In the return leg, Mohun Bagan won 3-0 with goals from Robi Ganguly, Paltu Dasgupta, and A.Ghosh.
- The 1997 Federation Cup semi-final between the two rivals over 130,000 spectators at the Salt Lake Stadium with more waiting outside. It’s still the most-attended sporting event in India, The record is still not broken.
- The match also deals with Fish war, as Mohun Bagan is symbolized with Chingri(Prawn) and East Bengal is symbolized with Illish(Hilsa). The demand of two soars during the occasion of Kolkata Derby.
- East Bengal was home to millions of immigrants during India’s Partition in 1947 as well as the formation of Bangladesh in the early 1970s. while Mohun Bagan represented the established bastion of the locals, both on the football pitch and off it. It paved the way for the cultural battle to take place between the two rivals on the football pitch.
- Baichung Bhutia is the highest scorer in Kolkata Derby with 19 goals. Jose Ramirez Barreto is the foreigner with most derby goals with 17 goals to his name.
SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan: Head to Head Record
Matches Played: 367
- East Bengal Won: 129
- Mohun Bagan Won: 118
- Drawn: 120
Biggest Margin of Victory: 5-0 win for East Bengal against Mohun Bagan in IFA Shield in 1975.
Biggest Crowd: 131,000 in 1997 Federation Cup Semi-Final in Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
Top Scorer: Baichung Bhutia with 19 goals is the top scorer in Kolkata Derby.
SC East Bengal vs ATK Mohun Bagan Match Preview: Player to Watch Out For
SC East Bengal
- Anthony Pilkington
- Matti Steinman
- Jacques Maghoma
- Narayan Das
ATK Mohun Bagan
- Roy Krishna
- David Williams
- Sandesh Jhingan
- Prabir Das
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