New Delhi: Atletico de Kolkata and FC Pune City will be engrossed in an exciting battle in match No. 48 on Thursday in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2015, at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata on Friday.
Atletico lie atop in the points table and will want to consolidate on their position. Victory will see them go four points clear of FC Goa at second place.
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The last time these two sides met, it was a 0-1 loss for the league leaders.
Kolkata come from a sounding victory in their last match against FC Goa and it looks like they have peaked at the right time.
Pune City meanwhile, stay sixth in the ISL table and have played a match lesser than their opponents. A win will see them go third in the points table and altogether this will be a match with lots of intensity and fight.
The Salt Lake will hope to witness an intense 90 minutes of enthralling football given the situation both teams will want to see themseves in. The tactical approach will be the key here as Pune will have a huge task of breaking the defending champions' wall.
We look at players who could make a major impact in the game for both the teams.
Iain Hume (Atletico de Kolkata): Iain Hume has grown as the season has progressed. The Canadian international has six goals and three assists to his name and will be a pivotal figure for the ATK side. Hume’s pace, aerial abilities and work ethic will be matters of concern for Pune as the defenders need to stay on their toes to prevent him from making inroads.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh (FC Pune City): Lyngdoh has been Pune’s most vibrant player in midfield this year. He has been resourceful for the Stallions with his vision and playmaking skills. Lyngdoh's creativity has contributed to his two goals and assists so far this term. His technique will be something the ATK midfielders like Borja Fernandez will have to mark.