I-League: Pune FC look to move up the table; take on Royal Wahingdoh
Pune FC will look to maintain their 100 per cent record against Royal Wahingdoh when they face the north-east side in an I-League Round-13 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
Shillong: Pune FC will look to maintain their 100 per cent record against Royal Wahingdoh when they face the north-east side in an I-League Round-13 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
Playing their second away game in a row, third-placed Pune FC (16 points) will also be eager to close the gap at the top of the table and a win on Sunday will be key as the league enters the final two months. Similarly, fourth-placed Royal Wahingdoh (14 pts) too hope for a positive result to climb up the standings.
Facing the Shillong-based side exactly a month after the first-leg clash at the Balewadi Stadium, Pune FC will be hoping to match and improve on the 1-0 win logged that night.
However, the game being played at a much higher altitude won't be an easy one for Pune FC who played their last game in Mumbai at sea-level. The cold conditions in Shillong will definitely make a difference and coach Karim Bencherifa wants his side to be prepared.
Nonetheless, having arrived in the Meghalaya capital on Thursday, Pune FC has completed a couple of sessions to acclimatise with the surroundings.
Speaking about the game on sidelines of the session, Pune FC coach Karim Bencherifa said, "The change in conditions is part and parcel of the I-League. We have to adjust with that. But the game will be a tough one not only because of the weather but also because of the quality of the opposition."
The last time both sides faced off, Pune FC came out on top on a rain soaked chilly night at home. The conditions might be something similar tomorrow with rains being forecasted throughout the weekend.