Pune City FC
Atletico de Kolkata
Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
29th November 2014, 19:00IST
Hero Indian Super League final round is expected to be an epic event. Chennayin FC and FC Goa have already secured their place in the play off and only two slots left to grab. Any time from bottom 6 can secure the playoff slot. In the 54th match of the league Kerala Blasters would host Pune City FC. Both teams even after securing victory may not qualify for the playoff and will have to depend on other results. Both the teams would be hoping Chennayin FC beat Delhi Dyanmos. Now with Athletico de Kolkata failed to secure victory over Mumbai FC, the chances of Pune City FC and Kerala Blasters to secure playoff slots have increased. If Kolkata failed to win against in form FC Goa and one of the two teams gets maximum points from the fixture on Tuesday they would go through. The match expected to be cracker of the game.
Team News and Tactical Brief
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar always scored runs in heaps but the same can’t be said about his team, which finding difficult to score goals on the football field. Kerala Blasters is one of the lowest scoring team in the league. David James led team have looked impressive in building up the play, but found wanting in front of the goal. Except Canadian international David Hume not many have posed a threat in front of the goal. C. S Sabeeth was starting to look impressive, but for some unknown reason the young Indian striker fell out of favour. David James has a groin injury, but his replacement Sandip Nandy has done excellent under the bars. Kerala has to play patient football get men in the box and try to take an early lead against Pune City. The fans’ support would be massive if they able to score one goal in opening minutes of the game. The defence doesn’t have much of a problem and continue to look solid against Pune city in the important game.
Kerala Blaster Starting XI (4-3-1-2) : James, Jhingan, Gurwinder, Hengbart, Dey, Romey, Pearson, Mehtab, Ian, Milagres, Gusmao
Pune City FC
Pune City football club on paper is one of the strongest team in the league. The team boasts some of the reputed names which have played in some of the elite tournaments of the world. The team has played according to the reputation, but failed under pressure. They were well on the road to secure play-off place, but with few away defeat have put their semi final spot in a jitters. Franco Colomba is among the passionate mangers who have done everything to see his team do well. Now Pune City hopes rest on the other matches Pune City should not think much of the other fixtures going into the game against Kerala Blasters and give their best. Lenny Rodrigues will be missing from the action due to suspension. Kostas Katsouranis has been stand out performer in Pune and he will have dictated the terms of the game. Dudu has to find his scoring boots on against Kerala Blaster since he would up against one of the best defensive units in the league.
Pune City FC Starting XI (4-2-3-1-): Arindham, Ravanan, Cirilo, Maggliocchetti, Wadoo, Pritam, Kostas, Vadocz, Peanant, Park, Dudu.
Kerala Blasters 0 – 1 Pune City FC
Kerala Blaster may enjoy the fans support but given the quality Pune City have in their squad, the club from western Indian would not be easy to stop.