After a tentative show in the first leg of the ISL semifinal, Bengaluru FC (BFC) and FC Pune City will be forced to lay it all on the line in the return leg here on Sunday.
The goalless draw at Pune – marked by conservative play - means that the stage is set for an exciting decider at Sree Kanteerava Stadium here. While BFC needs a victory to book a final berth, FC Pune City could set the cat among the pigeons by scoring an away goal. In the event of another goalless draw, the fate of the match will be decided in extra-time and penalties.
Ahead of the tie, here is
Sportstar's predicted XI for Sunday's clash.
Having left our Udanta Singh in the first-leg, Albert Roca might give him a start in this all-important clash.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will man the posts, with Juanan, John Johnson, Rahul Bheke and Subasish Bose forming the defence line ahead of him.
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Dimas Delgado and Lenny Rodrigues might feature as defensive midfielders. Sunil Chhetri on the left, Toni Dovale on the centre and Udanta Singh on the right will combine in midfield, while Miku is likely to play as the lone striker.
FC Pune City:
Pune City coach Ranko Popovic is likely to retain the same side he had deployed in the first leg. Vishal Kaith will retain is spot in between the sticks, while Adil Khan, Rafael Lopez Gurtej Singh and Sahil Panwar will form the back-four.
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Jonathan Lucca, who came on as a sub last time, could start alongside the influential Marcos Tebar. Ashique Kuruniyan and Rohit Kumar will complete the midfield.
The attack will be led by the dynamic duo of Marcelinho and Emiliano Alfaro.