The Bengaluru FC take on Pune City FC in the upcoming semifinal match up for the first leg. The league leaders are Bengaluru and they have been rampant this season and arguably the best team even though it’s their debut season.
Pune City are also a good team but Ranko Popovic’s side has been inconsistent in the league. To conquer the Goliath in front of them, they have to be in the right minds.
Date: 7th March 2018
Time: 8 PM IST
Venue: Shree Shivaji Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune.
The league leaders are by far the best team in the league. The have a lot of talent up front and their defence in rock solid. There are a very few weak links in the team and are the favourites to win. Forwards like Miku, second top scorer, Chettri and Udanta will really cause trouble for Popovic’s side. Erik Paartalu has been rock solid and Singh Sandhi is as reliable as ever.
FC Pune City
The Stallions also boast great attacking prowess due to the likes of Marcelo and Emiliano Alfaro. Marcos Tebar has been a consistent figure in the middle of the park. The defence is not what you would call good but Spanish defender Rafael Lopez can be looked upon for help.
Bengaluru – W W D W W
Pune- D L D W W
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu , Erik Paartalu, Juanan, Subashish Bose, Rahul Bheke, Dumas Delgado, Lenny Rodriguez, Toni Dovale, Sunil Chettri, Edu Garcia, Miku
FC Pune City
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Writers take:The first semifinal of this season between Bengaluru and Pune is a matchup that everyone will be looking eagerly for. Bengaluru are the league leaders and even though Pune have been inconsistent this year, they rise up to the occasion.
But for Pune to defeat Bengaluru , they need to really pull an unknown trick. Looking at this match at a realistic poiny of view, Bengaluru will win this match with maybe a bit of ease.