Pune, Nov 5: FC Pune City head coach Antonio Habas will face his former employers Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) for the first time when they host the former champions here in an Indian Super League (ISL) football encounter on Sunday.
Habas led ATK to the title in the first ISL edition following it up with a semi-final finish last year. The Spaniard then was roped in by Pune for the third season albeit without any success so far as they languish at the bottom of the table, winning just one game in seven matches.
Atletico, on the other hand, sit pretty at the top half of the points table despite not being at their best. The fact that Helder Postiga returned from injury and helped them win after trailing in the last game against NorthEast United is a major boost for the Kolkata-based outfit.
Kick-off: 7:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Balewadi Stadium, Pune
The match will be telecasted LIVE on Star Networks and Hotstar
Interestingly, Postiga was chosen as a marquee player by Habas last season but he could only play the opening match where he scored two goals and limped out with an injury.
Sameehg Doutie and Javi Lara have also shone so far along with goalkeeper Debjit Mazumdar.
Pune will be looking to arrest their run of five winless games and turn the tide knowing another defeat will push them further to the edge of the cliff.
With a match in hand, Pune City can jump to the sixth position above FC Goa and Kerala Blasters if they defeat ATK.
ATK have 12 points from seven matches and will occupy the top spot with a win in Pune at the Balewadi Sports Complex.
ATK have retained the maximum number of international players for this season. Habas knows all of them quite well and it will be interesting to see how he sets up his team to thwart the visitors and plot Pune's resurgence.
FC Pune City (5-3-2)
Goalkeeper: Edel Bete
Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Ravanan, Gouramangi, Eduardo, Narayan Das
Midfielders: Mohammed Sissoko, Sanju Pradhan, Jonatan Lucca
Strikers: Tato, Traore
Atletico de Kolkata (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Arnab Mondal, Henrique Sereno, Prabir Das
Midfielders: Borja Fernandes, Bikramjit Singh; Sameehg Doutie, Iain Hume, Javi Lara
Striker: Helder Postiga
FC Pune City 0-1 Atletico de Kolkata