The focus is on how Miguel Angel Portugal can overturn his stuttering start with the Stallions
FC Pune City come up against Bengaluru FC in a third round clash of the Indian Super League (ISL) season 5 at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, on Monday evening.
|Game||FC Pune City vs Bengaluru FC|
|Date||Monday, October 22|
|Time||7:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the ISL. The games will be telecast with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary over their bouquet of television as well as digital platforms.
|India (English) TV channel||Online streams|
|Star Sports 3/HD||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Hindi TV channel||Bengali TV channel|
|Star Sports Hindi 1/ HD||Jalsha Movies/HD|
|Malayalam TV channel||Kannada TV channel|
|Asianet Movies/HD||Suvarna Plus/HD|
FC PUNE CITY:
Injured – Keenan Almeida
Doubtful – None
Suspended – None
Key Players – Diego Carlos, Ashique Kuruniyan, Emiliano Alfaro
Injured – None
Doubtful – None
Suspended – None
Key Players – Miku, Sunil Chhetri, Dimas Delgado
There could not have been a worse timing for FC Pune City to play Bengaluru FC after Stallions‘ poor start the campaign. The Punekars have failed to beat the Blues in four attempts last season and were knocked out in the play-offs by them.
This will be Miguel Angel Portugal’s first home game at Pune after losing the Maharashtra Derby 2-0 against Mumbai City FC and only managing to pick a point against Delhi Dynamos (1-1 draw) in their opener.
Marcelinho’s absence has been a telling factor in the side’s attack, though the Brazilian’s inclusion in the second half against Mumbai City did show a few glimses of promises but not enough to overturn the two goals Pune City conceded in the first half.
Portugal cannot afford to lose more ground on the leaders and end up playing catch-up.
Bengaluru FC have four points from the opening two games of the season but this will be their first away test.
The Blues travel out of the comfort of their home for the first time this season but the defining factor in attack remains the same – Miku. He might have scored only one goal but he has been heavily involved in all their attacks.
Juanan and Albert Serran are expected to hold fort in defence with Gurpreet Singh continuing to provide a stable screen for them under the sticks.
Dimas Delgado is expected to be back in the middle of the park, a move which would add more semblance to their midfield. The Spaniard is one of the key cogs in Bengaluru’s midfield and his absence has been felt in the opening two games which they scraped through.
It must also be remembered that Dimas was on the radar of Pune in the summer but the former Barcelona ‘B’ player chose to stay back with Bengaluru.
Much will be expected from Udanta Singh, who has been shoddy so far this season. His decision making has often let the team down and the onus is on him to step up to the next level.
Will the Stallions finally get their win over the Blues or will Bengaluru FC continue their dominance over Pune?