Chennaiyin takes on FC Pune City at the Marina Arena tonight as both look to bounce back to winning ways after being held to draws in their respective games last time. Chennaiyin emerged victorious 1-0 in the reverse fixture at the Balewadi and hence, revenge will be in the mind of the Stallions. Just 1 point separates the two at the second and third place, and both have played some good football in the season so far.
FC Pune City will be without their manager Ranko Popovic who is serving a four-match ban and coincidentally, Chennaiyin too will be without John Gregory too is suspended. More importantly for Pune, their star striker Marcelinho will not feature after accumulating 4 bookings. The influential forward has found the net 5 times this season has assisted 2. But the positive thing for Pune is that Marcos Tebar and Adil Khan have also been among the goals.
For Chennaiyin, they will be glad to have Henrique Sereno back after serving his suspension. They will be wary of the lethal Pune attack and their tendency to concede late in the game that has cost them dearly this season. Jeje Lalpekhlua will be the man to watch out for FC Pune City. The striker was slow to get going in the season but has not looked back since getting into form
Overall, fans can expect a good game of football today after a drab 90 minutes yesterday in Guwahati. It will be a good attacking game and a goal fest can be expected as both teams lack compactness at the back.
Prediction: Chennaiyin FC 3-2 FC Pune City
Chennaiyin FC is in red-hot form and they will look to extend their winning run at home. The Absence of the Talismanic Brazilian forward Marcelinho will play a big role in the match. The match is expected to be a high scoring affair with home team picking up the victory.