Pune City FC
Atletico de Kolkata
Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
29th November 2014, 19:00IST
The hero Indian super league has entered in its business end. Every single game will be like a final. No teams have guaranteed top four and given the nature of the league, we can expect few surprising results in coming weeks. In the 44th match of season Pune City FC will host Athletico Kolkata at Balewadi Sports Complex.
Team News and Tactical Brief
Pune City FC
Pune City football club after a promising middle period of the season suffered two back to back losses away from. The defeats have pushed them down to seventh position in the league. The league is very unpredictable, but playing against Athletico de Kolkata always has been difficult for any opposition. Pune City FC was the first club to defeat Athletico de Kolkata and they will have confidence going into the match. The fixture is very important for the Pune City, defeat can put their aspiration of top four to end. Franco Colomba side does enjoy playing at home and will be aware of the importance of this match.
Pune City FC goal scoring ratio has been weak and strikers have failed to provide the goals. Dudu has been working hard up front but lacked the composure up front. Return of Davide Colomba and Daniele Maggliocchetti can make a difference for Pune. Hardworking midfield general Kostas Kastsouranis will be the man to watch out for the home side. Joaquim Abranches made his presence felt in last match and he may fancy his chance of getting a start.
Probable Starting XI (4-4-2): Arindham, Ravanan, Cirilo, Maggliocchetti, Maity, Colomba, Kostas, Lenny, Pennant, Abranches, Dudu.
Athletico de Kolkata
Athletico de Kolkata has been one of the most consistently sides in the Indian Super league. The Kolkata based side is in the second position, but are not safe for he play off spots. The first defeat Athleico had faced in the league was against Pune City and that would be in the mind of the players. The club will be missing some of the key players like Cavin Lobo and Denzil Franco, who has been ruled out from the league because of injury. The club has to make sure they don’t lose this much else they would face downhill looking at the nature of the league.
Luis Garcia would be the key figure in the midfield of the Athletico, He along with Borja and Jofre would be feeding the ball to Fikru. The Ethopian international after early season exploits have looked rusted. He has to regain his past form back. Josemi would be leading the defence and Arnab Mondal would also make his presence felt.
Probable Sarting XI (4-2-3-1): Roy, Baljit, Mondal, Josemi, Mohandas, Nato, Borja, Jofre, Lester, Garcia, Fikru.
Pune City FC 2 – 1 Athletico de Kolkata
The Pune City Football Club has played good football at home and played excellent against Kolkata in Kolkata Return of Davide Colomba would provide boost upfront. Athletico de Kolkata would be under pressure of the league and playing away from would not be easy.