FC Pune City vs Bengaluru FC
Indian Super League – Season 4
Date: Thursday, 14th December 2017
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET/ 8 pm IST
Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex (Pune).
A mouthwatering contest is on the cards when FC Pune City welcome Bengaluru FC for the Indian Super League fixture this Thursday.
Both teams are locked on 9 points, but so do FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC. Yet, Bengaluru start the game sitting at the top of the table due to a superior goal difference, whereas Pune start from fourth spot.
Also, Pune had played 5 games in the current season, 1 more than their Thursday’s visitors. They won 3 of those and lost 2. Interestingly, they lost 2 of the 3 home games so far, while keeping a 100% win record in away games.
On the other hand, Bengaluru’s lone defeat from the four games so far came in a crazy fixture away at Goa. That game was evenly poised until their goal-keeper Gurpreet Singh was sent-off with 30 minutes in the clock. They went on to lose the game 3-4, but not before displaying their lethal touch in front of goal.
The well-travelled Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu has been the pick of the players for Bengaluru this season. The tall midfielder has already scored 4 goals this term and he is the joint top scorer for the team along with former Rayo Vallecano striker Miku. The duo jointly contributed 8 of the 10 goals their team has scored in the tournament.
Meantime, Pune has a lethal striker on their ranks as well. The ex-Liverpool striker Emiliano Alfaro playing in his second season in India has scored 4 of Pune’s 9 goals this season.
Pune City vs Bengaluru FC: Head-to-head
First competitive meeting between Pune and Bengaluru, since this is latter’s first season in ISL.
Pune City vs Bengaluru FC: Prediction
This match can be easily put down as a duel between the two most talented squads in the Indian Super League. And both teams boast of some heavy goal getters in their ranks. Therefore, out main pick for this game has to be from the goal market as we expect to see both teams scoring and 3 or more goals.
Regarding the full-time result, I believe this match could go either ways. That being said, we are almost certain to see a winner at the final whistle.
Pune City vs Bengaluru FC: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score @ 1.45 is a banker bet
Over 1.5 goals in the second half @ 1.75 odd is an equally good punt.
Value is in backing Double Chance and Both teams to Score – Pune or Bengaluru for 2.30 odd.