FC Pune City face Atletico de Kolkata in the match 24 of the Indian Super League, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Atletico de Kolkata come into this match on the back of a 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin FC, while FC Pune City are coming high into this match with a 1-0 win against NorthEast United. Atletico de Kolkata are on the top of the points table with twelve points in six games and FC Pune City are on sixth position with seven points in five games. Atletico de Kolkata are the only side unbeaten in the tournament.
Fikru Teferra and coach Antonio Lopez Habas will return after the ban of two matches due to disciplinary actions when the league leaders face FC Pune City tonight. kolkata dropped four possible points in the absence of these two. Subhasish Roy Chowdhury and Jakub Podany are available for this match after missing the previous games with injuries.Subhasish Roy Chowdhury is expected to replace Edel as the goalkeeper.
FC Pune City Marquee player David Trezeguet is likely to sit out of this match due to the artificial turf which has caused injury to a number of players. The artificial turf at the Salt Lake Stadium has come in for criticism earlier also with even Atletico de Kolkata Captain Luis Garcia saying it was difficult to play on.
Pune City manager Franco Colomba believes that his side could seal a semi-final berth though just one point adrift of their desired destination.
Atlético de Kolkata defender Arnab Mondal says: “We plan to finish the first half of the tournament being on the top of the table so if we draw tomorrow and if Chennaiyin FC win their next two matches and go to the top of the table then that would be a mental setback for us. So we want to win tomorrow and finish at the top.”
FC Pune City’s Konstantinos Katsouranis (Midfielder): “We created a lot of scoring opportunities in the previous game and we want to continue with that kind of work.” “They (Atletico de Kolkata) are a very good team they have played six matches till now and have not lost a match yet they are not a one-player team and are the strongest in my opinion” he said. “We are ready for any challenge and We have been practising together and trying to understand each other’s game”
Atletico de Kolkata: DDWDW
FC Pune City : WLWLD
Possible starting lineups:
Atletico de Kolkata: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Josemi, Kinghshuk, Arnab Mondal, Biswajit Saha, Oftense Nato, Luis Garcia, Borja, Jofre, Balit Sahni, Fikru
FC Pune City : Arindam, Bruno Cirillo, Pritam Kotal, Sarkar, Magllocchetti, Kostas Kastarounis, Lenny Rodriguez, Israil Gurung, Davide Colomba, Bolado, David Trezeguet
Atletico de Kolkata 2 – 0 FC Pune City
Picture Courtesy: Indian Super League