Pune City FC vs Bengaluru FC
Indian Super League, semi-final, 1st Leg
BFC vs FCPC MATCH PREVIEW:
ISL debutants Bengaluru FC will play against Pune City in the 1st leg semi-final of Indian Super League at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Bengaluru will go into the match as hot-favorites after finishing the league on top, while hosts Pune have made the semi-final for the first time in four years. The visitors can also take some solace from the fact that they defeated Pune 3-1 when they met earlier in the season. While the 2nd match in the league stage ended in a 1-1 stalemate which also ended Bengaluru’s six-game winning streak
When: March 7th, 08:00 pm IST
Where: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune
Recent wins (Last six matches)
BFC – W W D W W W
FCPC – L W W D L D
BFC VS FCPC TEAM NEWS:
FC Pune City:
Ranko Popovic has the luxury of choosing his best playing XI for Fc Pune City as there are no injury concerns or suspension. However, two things must have been playing some tricks in the former Serbian central defender’s mind. First how to stop the league’s 2nd best offensive team and second is to devise a plan to score goals against the league’s best defensive team.
Kaith (GK), Sahil, Gurtej, Rafa Lopez, Sarthak, Tebar, Adil, Diego Carlos, Marcelinho, Ashique, Alfaro
Under Albert Roca, Bengaluru FC are playing perhaps the best football in the past two months or so. We have the stats to back that up- The two-times I-League Champions are ruthless in front of the goals in the last eight games, averaging 2.25 goals per match. They are also on a 12 game unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Gurpreet (GK), Bose, Juanan, Johnson, Bheke, Dimas, Lenny, Victor, Chhetri, Miku, Udanta
FC Pune City- 0 Titles
BFC- 0 Titles
Head 2 Head- 2 meetings in official matches
BFC- 1 win
FC Pune City- 0 win
FCPC – Marcelinho, Emiliano
BFC- Miku, Sunil Chhetri
Some key stats:
- FC Pune City finished the league on 4th with nine wins, three draws and six losses in the campaign, 3rd placed FC Goa have the same record but finished above Pune because of a better head to head record.
- Miku (14- Goals), and Chhetri (10- Goals) have scored 24 of Bengaluru’s 35 goals so far this season, the 2nd best partnership in the league behind only Goa’s Corominas and Bruno who have scored a staggering 30 goals between them.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
It’s a tough call considering Pune proved to be a tough nut to crack when these two sides met in the league. However, home advantage is something that counts as the 12th man in Football matches, so we are backing a 1-1 scoreline in this match.
NOTE: THIS BFC VS FCPC MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
BFC VS FCPC FANTASY TEAM: