Following a shock defeat at the hands of NorthEast United FC last week, Antonio Lopez Habas' ATK Mohun Bagan will be hoping to bounce back when they face Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Sunday.
ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters played in the ISL 2020-21 opener in November, with ATKMB emerging 1-0 winners courtesy a Roy Krishna goal.
Kerala Blasters, however, may prove to be more of a challenge this time. After a disappointing start to the season, Kibu Vicuna's Kerala side are on a five-match unbeaten run and will look to break into the top four.
Kerala's striking duo Jordan Murray and Garry Hooper have looked in good touch and will test the ATK Mohun Bagan defence, led by Tiri and Sandesh Jhingan.
The Kolkata side, however, will have their own set of trouble-makers going forward in Roy Krishna, David Williams and Manvir Singh.
Trailing league leaders Mumbai City FC in the ISL points table, ATK Mohun Bagan will be eager to pick up all three points against Kerala and keep the pressure on the Islanders. The top team at the end of the league phase earns a spot in next year’s AFC Champions League.
ATK Mohun Bagan's arch-rivals East Bengal, too, will be involved in a mouthwatering clash against Bengaluru FC in round 16.
The two teams have produced some high-tempo contests in the past and will be eager to get a win over the other in this fast-emerging rivalry.
Where to watch ISL matches live?
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala Blasters and other ISL 2020-21 matches of round 16 will be telecast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi and their respective HD TV channels in India.
The match will also be telecast on the Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada and the Star Sports 1 Bangla regional TV channels.
Live streaming of ISL matches will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.
ISL 2020-21 fixtures for round 16 and live match times
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Saturday, January 30
Mumbai City FC vs NorthEast United FC – 7:30 PM IST
Sunday, January 31
Hyderabad FC vs Chennaiyin FC – 5:00 PM IST
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala Blasters FC – 7:30 PM IST
Monday, February 1
Odisha FC vs Jamshedpur FC – 7:30 PM IST
Thursday, February 2
East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC – 7:30 PM IST
_Lead photo: ISL Media