After a much-improved performance against Jamshedpur, Kerela may have lost the match but boosted with enough confidence to face the already confident Pune on Friday.
Kerela currently stands on 7th position from 10 matches out of which they pulled off only one win. To be in the game, Kerela needs a three points lead and hence winning this one is mandatory. To retain the chances of winning, David James seems to make no changes in the line-up. Sahal Abdul Samad has featured regularly from the very first match of the season and will be crucial in the Pune encounter.
While Pune has improved far better than their previous season. Their last match, against Bengaluru, kept the players hopped up until a late equalizer from the Blues. Pune City has only 5 points, from their one win and two draws and are 9th on the points table. Even if it is a tough ask, Pune might be determined to keep the spirits alive.
Kerela: Dheeraj Singh (GK), Cyril Kali, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Zakeer Mundampara, Courage Pekuson, Sahal Abdul Samad, Halicharan Narzary, Seiminlen Doungel, Slavisa Stojanovic.
Pune: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Ashutosh Mehta, Matt Mills, Martin Diaz, Sahil Panwar, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Iain Hume, Marcelo Periera, Ashique Kuruniyan, Nikhil Poojari.
My PlayerzPot XI:
Taking both the teams stats into consideration, Kerela has more chances to dominate Pune.