Atletico de Kolkata
FC Pune City
Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
7th November 2014, 19:00IST
Atletico de Kolkata entertain FC Pune City in match 24 of the Indian Super League. Atletico de Kolkata come into this fixture on the back of a 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin FC, meanwhile FC Pune City ride high into this match following a 1-0 win against NorthEast United. Both sides as expected would be looking for a win, as Atletico de Kolkata – the league leaders, would be looking to distance themselves from the rest of the pack, while FC Pune City would be looking to cement their semi-finals berths.
Team News and Tactical Brief:
Atletico de Kolkata:
Although a draw against 10 men Chennaiyin would irritate some of the Kolkata fans, a point was enough for the Sourav Ganguly franchisee to maintain their position at the top of the league.
Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, is expected to replace Edel, as the Kolkata side would be looking to field more foreigners in the outfield ten. Subhasish has been one of the standout keepers in the Super League, and has kept Kolkata in matches where they’ve failed to establish their supremacy.
The solid center back pairing of Arnab Mondal and Josemi is again expect to take to the pitch, as both have quiet easily nullified the big guns of the Super League.With Denzil Franco out, Kinghshuk is expected to fill in for Franco, however Kingshuk has showcased signs of complacency moreso than his mistimed tackle of Valencia Mendoza, which earned Chennaiyin a penalty.
Borja and Nato would dominate proceeding in the midfield, and operate in a double pivot while providing defensive covering to Josemi and Arnab Mondal. The attacking trio of Jofre, Luis Garcia and Baljit Sahni is expected to line up behind Mohammed Rafi. Luis Garcia, has been easily the standout player for the Atletico, providing passes, regulating play and releasing players onto goal.
Probable Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Kinghshuk, Arnab Mondal, Josemi, Biswajit Saha, Oftense Nato, Borja, Luis Garcia, Balit Sahni, Jofre, Mohammed Rafi
FC Pune City:
Perhaps routing a high flying, high octane NorthEast United 1-0 was more than enough to inject FC Pune City with confidence. Coach Franco Colomba believes that his side could seal a semi-final berth, though just one point adrift of their desired destination.
Arindam is once again expected to start in Pune goal, as he displayed his solid topnotch form against NorthEast United. Bruno Cirillo and Magllocchetti are expected to comprise the all Italian center back pairing, while Pritam Kotal and Sarkar would provide width in the form of wingbacks.
Kostas and Lenny Rodrigues are expected to sit in the midfield and govern play. Kostas, has been one of the standout performers for the FC Pune City franchisee and would be looking to dictate play, with Lenny covering up for the space that he vacates. Davide Colomba, who had a pretty good outing against NorthEast United is expected to ply his trade along the left wing and threaten Kingshuk, while Israil Gurung is expected to start on the right and capitalize on his speed and trickery.
The attacking duo however boasts David Trezeguet, has not been performing to it’s fullest, Franco Colomba has already tried many permutations and combinations to fix this deficit, and would perhaps dish out a start to Bolado, who has been showing signs of budding chemistry with Trezeguet.
Probable Starting XI (4-4-2): Arindam, Pritam Kotal, Bruno Cirillo, Magllocchetti, Sarkar, Lenny Rodriguez, Kostas Kastarounis, Israil Gurung, Davide Colomba, David Trezeguet, Bolado.
Atletico de Kolkata 2 – FC Pune City 1
Although FC Pune City boast a high morale, Atletico de Kolkata boast their solid home form. Crowd support will play a crucial role in this match and Atletico de Kolkata are expected to dominate proceedings while going on to win this fixture.