Pune City vs. Bengaluru FC Preview: The battle of the attacking warfare engage in contrasting seasons
The Stallions are languishing in the ninth spot in the table after picking up just a solitary point from their first two games played away. They now return home, and itâ€™s going to be another herculean task against Bengaluru FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Monday.
A goal-shy Pune attack look for first win at home
A win against Bengaluru, which they desperately need, will not just be Puneâ€™s first of the season, but also their maiden victory over the opposition to whom they bowed out in last editionâ€™s playoffs.
The Spanish coach will look towards his key attackers Emiliano Alfaro and Marcelinho to provide the spark in the clash against last seasonâ€™s runner-up. A lack of goals has been Puneâ€™s undoing in the current campaign with two games yielding only one of them. They have had 21 attempts on goal but remain the most wasteful among all 10 teams with a conversion rate of only 4.76 per cent.
Climb up the table
Bengaluru FC had a smashing debut campaign in the league last season but their start under new coach Carles Cuadrat has not been entirely convincing. While Bengaluru did notch an impressive victory over defending champions Chennaiyin FC in their campaign opener, they were held at home by Jamshedpur FC.
Back on the road, Bengaluru will look to continue their impressive away form from last season where they won seven out of nine matches.
Cuadrat has at his disposal one of the most lethal pairings in the league in the form of Miku and Sunil Chhetri. Both men have already registered a goal each in the new campaign and they will be licking their lips in anticipation in what will be a clash against their â€˜favouriteâ€™ opposition.
In the four matches against Pune last season, the duo scored a combined seven goals which is the most against a single opponent.
What to expect
BengaluruÂ defence is hoping to hold firm against a Pune side who are aiming back to winning ways but have failed to score in the last meeting away league fixtures.Â Both teams possess players with the ability to score multiple goals at any moment so we could end up with an absolutely thrilling game of football.Â It should make for a tasty battle between two enterprising sides.
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Source: Matchday Frolics