Mike Snoei's side look to inflict further misery on the Singaporean side who are placed at the bottom of the group...Following two draws in their debut campaign in the AFC Cup, Pune FC are eyeing their first full points when they take on Singapore's Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore on Wednesday evening.
The Red Lizards are placed third in group H with two points and will look to add a few more in the kitty in order to bolster their chance of qualifying for the next round.
Like Pune FC, Tampines were also involved in the AFC Champions League play-offs and suffered a first-round defeat to Hong Kong’s South China (1-2 after extra time) before coming into the AFC Cup.
"In India it is 50-50; some of the teams in the I-League play on this surface but we play on natural grass, so it is very different for us. But like everything in Singapore, the quality is fantastic and we are looking forward to it.," said coach Mike Snoei of Pune.
On the opponents, Snoei further added, “We were present at the weekend game that featured Tampines Rovers. We’ve seen them play and made our assessments. We are ready for them.”
Dhanpal Ganesh is unavailable due to suspension and Othallo Tabia has been called into the squad as his replacement.
Tampines Rovers have lost their first two matches in the continental competition. They have conceded a total of eight goals and have only scored once which further highlights their plight.
They would reply on striker Miljan Mrdakovic who has scored on four occasions in three S-League games.
“The belief is always (there); I believe in my players and I believe that they can do better. They know themselves and (regarding) the result, they can get it. Seven days with three matches is quite hectic for the boys but I would say that would not be an excuse and hopefully the players will come back strongly. We will still fight, we will never say die,” said coach Salim Moin.