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ISL Fantasy 2017/18: Tips for FC Pune City vs ATK

FC Pune City had comfortably beaten ATK the last time they faced each other.

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Preview 20 Jan 2018, 12:42 IST
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ATK will look to avenge their first leg loss against FC Pune City on Saturday

FC Pune City will face ATK in match 52 of ISL 2017/18. The defending champions are coming on the back of a win while FC Pune City suffered a defeat in the last match. FC Pune City, who have never made it to the last four, will aim for a victory to keep their play-offs hopes alive.

Goalkeepers

Vishal Kaith: The youngster since returning from an injury has done well proving to be a reliable last line of defence for FC Pune City. With ATK’s offence struggling to convince, Kaith has a good chance of keeping a clean sheet.

Defenders

Jordi Montel: Jordi Montel has done well so far playing a big role in ATK's campaign. He has lead their defence in the six matches that he has played. Montel has also helped ATK build from the back. He was a big threat on the set pieces in the last match coming close on a number of occasions.

Prabir Das: The marauding right back has impressed with his energy to run up and down the pitch. He has been decent defensively, the 24-year-old has attempted 19 tackles, second best by an ATK defender. His tally of 12 interceptions is the most by an ATK player. With ATK possessing a strong defensive record, Prabir has a chance to earn clean sheet points.

Rafa Lopez: The experienced defender has led FC Pune City’s backline guiding the inexperienced defenders around him. The Spaniard is calm on the ball and starts FC Pune City’s attack with his distribution from the back. He has also proved to be a threat on set pieces. He has attempted the second most number of passes by a FC Pune City player. He has also made 28 tackles so far, most by a FC Pune City defender.

Keegan Pereira: The experienced left back has done well defensively as well as going forward for ATK. The 30-year-old has made 21 tackles so far, the most by an ATK defender, his nine interceptions are also the second most by an ATK defender.

Midfielders

Zequinha: Zequinha once again proved to be a match winner for ATK scoring one of the best goals of the tournament against NorthEast United. He has now contributed in three goals (two goals, one assist) which is the most by an ATK player in ISL 2017/18. His threat going forward can be highlighted by the fact that he has attempted 19 shots, the most by an ATK player.

Adil Khan: Adil Khan, has proved to be the best Indian midfielder of ISL 2017/18 so far. He has scored three goals, the most by an Indian midfielder in this season. His excellent form coupled with his potential at both ends means he is a must pick in your teams.

Ryan Taylor: Ryan Taylor produced a superb performance at the heart of the midfield in ATK’s win over NorthEast United. Taylor dictated play and repeatedly found gaps in NorthEast United’s backline with his vision and passing. Taylor also attempted the most passes by a player in the match.

Forwards

Robbie Keane: Robbie Keane missed the last match due to injury but is expected to return for the fixture. The 38-year-old has proved his quality scoring twice in the last three games that he played.

Emiliano Alfaro: Alfaro has failed to score in the last two matches, but the Uruguayan has already netted five goals so far. Alfaro’s work rate, pace and deadly finishing means he just cannot be ignored for your fantasy teams.

Marcelinho: Marcelinho returns after serving his suspension and FC Pune City will be delighted to have him back. The 31-year-old has scored six goals and is the top scorer of FC Pune City. The FC Pune City captain has also provided four assists.

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