The first semifinal of the 2016 ISL season between ATK and Mumbai City will be played at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata on Saturday. Ahead of the clash we look at how the teams led by Jose Molina and Alexandre Guimaraes have reached the last-four and could line up against each other.
Mumbai City FC:
Road to semifinals:
After finishing in lowly positions of seventh and sixth in the first two editions of the ISL, Mumbai
Despite their fast counter-attacking style, Mumbai
Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Amrinder Singh; Lalhmangaihsanga
Atletico de Kolkata:
Road to semifinals:
Atletico became the only side in the ISL to reach the last four in all three seasons when they confirmed their progression with a 1-1 draw in their penultimate group match against Kerala Blasters. Though the winners of the inaugural edition started this season with a series of draws, they picked up the pace in the latter stages of the competition by going undefeated in their last six games. Despite using the services of star striker Iain Hume cheaply this season, ATK
Besides doubts lingering over midfielder Nato due to a knee injury, the home side will be hoping to improve their home record with a win over their high-flying opponents. Youngsters
Predicted result: ATK 0-1 Mumbai City:
Owing to Mumbai's fine run in the tournament and Atletico's poor home form, it is more likely that the Diego Forlan-led side might come out of the match with an away goal. Also given the slew of draws ATK have gone through, they might not be able to contain the brilliance of Forlan and Chhetri.
Sterling or Aguero? Who will score a goal?
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