Pune, Nov 2: FC Pune City coach Antonio Habas will be encouraged with his personal record against FC Goa chief coach Zico as he attempts to get his team out of the bottom ranks in an Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium here on Thursday (November 3).
Habas and Zico are both experiencing rough weather in the ISL for the first time but it will be Habas who will feel more confident going into the battle of the bottom-rankers.
In the seven encounters between these two coaches, Habas has put it across Zico on four occasions, and the legendary Brazilian coach has failed to win a single game.
Worse still, Zico's side managed to score just four goals in seven appearances against Atletico de Kolkata when they were managed by Habas.
Kick-off: 7:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Balewadi Stadium, Pune
The match will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports Networks and Hotstar.
FC Pune City are placed seventh on the eight-team table with six points from six matches. Their wretched form at home has seen them pick up just two points from a possible 12 and they are yet to win at home.
Fortunately for Pune, they have never lost against FC Goa at home (won 1, draw 1) and would look to keep the record intact, preferably with a win.
Pune's four-match winless run is currently the longest in ISL 3 and their six points from six matches is their worst start in the ISL.
FC Goa, too, have had their worst start to an ISL campaign as Zico's side find themselves at the bottom of the pool table with four points from seven matches.
In the first edition, FC Goa had just five points at the end of the first leg but still managed to qualify for the semi-finals where they lost to Atletico de Kolkata, then coached by Habas.
Much of Goa's problems have been their profligate finishing rather than their ability to create chances. Last year's finalists have fired in 67 shots only Atletico de Kolkata and Delhi have more and they have also managed to test the rival goalkeepers with more than 50 percent of their shots on target.
It is their goal conversion rate of 5.97 percent which is the worst in the league and should Zico hope to win five of the remaining seven matches to qualify for the semi-finals, his strikers will have to start scoring.
FC Pune City (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Edel Bete
Defenders: Rahul Bheke, D. Ravanan, Perreira, Narayan Das
Midfielders: Sanju Pradhan, Moussa Sissoko, Jonatan Lucca, Izumi Arata
Striker: Dramane Traore, Tato
FC Goa (3-4-1-2)
Goalkeeper: Subhashish Roychowdhury
Defenders: Sanjay Balmuchu, Luciano Sabrosa, Gregory Arnolin
Midfielders: Romeo Fernandes, Trindade Goncalvez, Richarlydon; Jofre Mateu
Strikers: Robin Singh, Rafael Coelho
FC Pune City 1-0 FC Goa