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November 24, 2012 5:30 PM IST
Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex — Pune, Mahārāṣṭra
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Pune FC - United Sikkim FC Preview: Snow Lions look to improve woeful away record

Having lost both their away games this term, Bhaichung Bhutia's side will be looking to change that in their third consecutive away game...

By John Vaz

Pune FC squad training

Ramu, Edathodika, Costa, Gurjinder;
Tsewang, Wali, Douhou, Arata,
Moga, Jeje

Yoon Tae;
Sardar, Ansari, Mashangva, Machado;

Pune FC will be looking to make the most of the rest afforded to them in the last round of games after their match was called off. With United Sikkim yet to pick so much as a point on their travels, it all seems to point to a Pune victory.

Derrick Pereira's side has made a decent start to the league campaign picking up 9 points from a possible 15. They have been particularly strong at home. Daisuke Nishiguchi has shown good form and has been one of the standout players for Pune this season.

United Sikkim will have a tough time handling Daisuke

Since the opening day defeat of Salgaocar, the Snow Lions have picked up just 1 point from their league games till now. Interim manager Baichung Bhutia will need to tighten the team up defensively as they hold the dubious honour of having conceded the most number of goals in the division this season. Added to that, they'll be playing their third consecutive away game, and having lost the previous two, it does not bode well for them


Pune FC: Pune will have all their players fresh owing to the extra rest. So expect a full strength starting 11, with Abhra Mondal also closing in to full fitness.

United Sikkim FC: Although they did lose narrowly to Sporting, they will most likely name an unchanged side.

  • United Sikkim have conceded the most goals in the league this season so far (17)
  • The only previous meeting between United Sikkim and Pune FC was in this year's Federation Cup, with Pune winning 1-0
  • Pune FC midfielder Arata Izumi holds an Indian name, Neelkanth Khambolja

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