Jamshedpur FC will be looking for their fifth consecutive clean sheet when they welcome FC Pune City at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur, in the first of the two clashes on Sunday. In fact, the hosts are the only side in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season yet to concede a goal.
|Game||Jamshedpur FC vs FC Pune City|
|Date||Sunday, December 10|
|Time||5.30 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the ISL. The games will be telecasted with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary over their bouquet of television as well as digital platforms.
|India TV channels||Online streams|
|Star Sports 2/HD, Star Sports Hindi 1/HD, Star Sports 3, Star Gold, Star UTSAV||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Commentary will also be available in vernacular languages across India.
|Hindi TV channel||Bengali TV channel|
|Star Sports Hindi 1/HD||Jalsha Movies|
Injured - Anas Edathodika
Doubtful - None
Key Players - Izu Azuka, Mehtab Hossain
Injured - None
Doubtful - None
Key Players - Marcelinho, Emiliano Alfaro
Jamshedpur FC finally broke their duck in front of goal when Izu Azuka scored the team's first goal which also handed them their maiden win as they downed Delhi Dynamos earlier in the week.
Steve Coppell's side has been very solid defensively, with Mehtab Hossain and Memo protecting the back four. The defensive pair of Andre Bikey and Tiri have been imposing while Jairu and Siddharth keep track of the wide spaces to help out the full-backs.
While it has seen them keep four successive cleansheets, the attack has fallen short of expectations. However, having scored their first goal, Coppell will be hoping to see his side make more of a mark going forward.
To penetrate a solid defensive wall set up by Coppell will be the challenge facing FC Pune City who boast an arsenal any side in the league would be proud of. Marcelinho, Alfaro and Diego Carlos are all match-winners by their own right and an intriguing contest is on the cards.
FC Pune City's two wins so far have been sandwiched by two close defeats as Ranko Popovic searches for consistency in terms of performance as evidenced by their struggles against a disciplined Chennaiyin FC in their last game.
Having conceded six times already in four matches, the Stallions' defense, marshalled by Rafa Lopez, will also need to be on point when they play Jamshedpur.