ISL semifinals: No home advantage for Pune City

Bengaluru FC will seek confidence from the comeback win it registered over FC Pune City in its own backyard early on in the season.

Bengaluru FC players celebrates Sunil Chhetri's goal against Pune City during the league stage.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

FC Pune City will host Bengaluru FC which topped the table in the league phase in the first leg of the semifinal at the Balewadi Stadium on Wednesday.

Bengaluru will seek confidence from the comeback win it registered over Pune City in its own backyard early on in the season. A Miku brace and a goal from Sunil Chhetri earned the new ISL entrant a comeback 3-1 win over the Stallions.

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Since that game, the pair have netted on 19 occasions to help Bengaluru finish with 40 points at the end of the league stage.

Miku, has scored 14 goals in the competition, out of which 11 goals have come away from home. 

The Albert Roca-coached side comes into the game with seven wins from its last eight ISL matches and is on a 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Whereas, Pune City only has four wins from its last eight fixtures and is winless in its last three matches.

Pune City's coach Popovic will be mindful of his side's poor home record this season: five losses in nine matches, which includes a 4-0 thrashing from FC Goa last week. The defense has also shipped 15 of its 21 goals at home this season.

 

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