ISL 2018-19: Pune City vs ATK: Match preview and prediction
Pune City will be taking on ATK tomorrow at their home in their return Indian Super League fixture. While Pune are currently seventh on the league table with 14 points from 13 matches, ATK are sixth with 20 points from 14 matches. Will ATK equal points with fifth-placed Jamshedpur with a win tomorrow? Here is our detailed match preview.
Matt Mills remains injured and might miss out on the action tomorrow. Pune have won their last three matches and will want to continue their form with a win against ATK tomorrow. Pune have managed to win their first match under new manager Phil Brown and it remains to be seen if they manage to perform consistently under him.
ATK are still in the fight for a playoff spot, but their manager, Steve Coppell, has to adopt a new attacking strategy to help them win more matches. They have already drawn five matches this season, and should now concentrate on playing a more attacking brand of football. A boost for the Kolkata side will be that they are not suffering from injury or suspension concerns.
Pune City's Ashique Kuruniyan can prove to be a threat for ATK as he can be a danger when gearing up for an attack from the wings. ISL's all-time highest goalscorer Ian Hume can also prove to be dangerous for his former team ATK. ATK have a strong attacking line-up in the form of Everton Santos, Edu Garcia, and Manuel Lanzarote.
Pune City: Kamaljit, Panwar, Diaz, Golui, Kuruniyan, Stankovic, Khan, Carlos, Marcelinho, Hume, Robin Singh. ATK: Bhattacharya, Lallawmawma, Mondal, Johnson, Kotal, Vieira, Halder, Sharma, Santos, Garcia, Lanzarote The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 PM, and can be watched on the Star Sports network or live-streamed on Hotstar and Jio TV.
Both teams look well-equipped for tomorrow's challenge and it is hard to gauge who should be the favorites. ATK have a solid defense and have conceded very few goals this term, and if they manage to get an early goal and defend strongly, they can pick up a win tomorrow against Pune City. We predict 1-0 in ATK's favor.
Choose a 4-3-3 formation with Arindam Bhattacharya as the goalkeeper. Diaz and Arnab should be the center-backs while Kotal and Panwar take up the right and left back roles respectively. Adil, Gerson and Halder can be the midfielders while Garcia, Robin Singh, and Hume take on the attacking responsibilities.