Its been a pleasure for us as this season of ISL games starts form Northeast FC home ground Guwahati. We always fight united in the soccer leauge, and we sure that NeuFc will definitely won the tittle as many highly qualified players in the squad. Highlanders C’mon, we will win this year tittle.. I love NorthEast United FC.. We support #NEUFC..
The 2016 Indian Super League table topper NorthEast United FC will travel to Pune this Wednesday to face Pune City FC. Both teams will be looking to win the next match to keep up their progression in ISL season 3. The visitors have made their strongest start in the ISL history with two wins against Kerala and Goa and a loss in their last match against Mumbai. Meanwhile, Pune has endured a mixed season with a loss against local rivals Mumbai and a lucky win against Goa in the dying minutes of the match.
FC Pune City has had relatively a contrasting campaign so far. They played well in their first match against Mumbai City FC, but lost to an excellent goal from Matias Defederico. Then a Momar Ndoye special in the last minute of regulation time against FC Goa gave them their first three points in five ISL games since last season.
While head coach Antionio Habas is yet to organize his troops from the sidelines, Pune have shown promise, particularly in the midfield where Jonatan Lucca has been a leader and their best player so far. Their defence has also been solid with Eduardo Ferreira and Gouramangi Singh putting in dependable performances. However, their main problem lies elsewhere – in attack.
Tato, their central point up front has had four shots on goal with two on target so far. In attack, Argentine Gustavo Oberman and then Anibal Zurdo were used against MCFC and FC Goa respectively but neither was efficient as they had a tally of three shots in total between them. Playing against a NorthEast side that are compact and have looked difficult to break down this season, Pune’s attack will be something that they will need to focus on.
NorthEast United FC sits pretty at the top of the table with two wins and a loss. Under Nelo Vingada’s tutelage, they have looked well-oiled side with steady defence and nippy attack.
With wins in their first two games, an unnecessary challenge from Reagan Singh on Pronoy Halder made way for Mumbai to take the last game through a Forlan penalty.
Emiliano Alfaro, Nicolas Velez and Holicharan Narzary in the front have always looked dangerous on the counter and together with Katsumi Yusa, who has been disciplined in midfield and sharp in the attacking third, they will ideally be the men who will pose FCPC the most number of problems.
The last time when NorthEast played Pune away, a late own goal proved to be the difference-maker in the former’s win. Overall, they have an impressive record away from home with two wins and a draw in their last four trips.
“We got three games in our home next and these games are very crucial for us to get the nine points which will help us to go ahead in the league and qualify for the semis. We start with NorthEast and we know they are in good form but we are playing at home and with this win, it will increase our confidence to play well,” – FC Pune City Asistant coach Miguel
“I believe that we are building a good team with very good organisation. I am proud of the players even though we made some mistakes, missed a couple of chances… But this is football, these mistakes happen because we play with men and not with robots and machines. I am leaving with this performance and not the result. I am leaving Mumbai more optimistic than I was even before we lost.” – NorthEast United head coach Nelo Vingada.
Pune City FC (4-4-1-1): Bete; Raju, Ferreira, M’rangthem, Bheke; Izumi, Lucca, Ravanan, Tato; Sissoko; Rodriguez.
NorthEast United FC (4-1-3-2): Paul; Gurung, Lazaretti, Mailson, Singh; Borges; N’dri, Halicharan, Katsumi; Alfaro, Velez.
Playing away in Pune will be tough as the hosts looked at home against their local rivals Mumbai. However, NorthEast is flying at the moment and was unlucky to lose against Mumbai. Velez and Alfaro upfront, N’dri and Rowlin in midfield and Paul between the posts provide the looks of a formidable side. We are going for a hard fought away win.
Our Prediction: Pune City FC 0 – NorthEast United FC 1