Their starts could not have been any more different. Pune FC stands second in the table after winning 2 and drawing the third game, and having a game in hand over league leaders. Churchill Brothers, on the other hand, have had a torrid start to the season, losing two and drawing 2 of their 4 matches so far this season. Thus their clash on Saturday will be a tricky one.
It’s not as if Churchill have been particularly unlucky. After scoring just 1 goal in 4 matches, the defending champions need to buck up – last time, the Goan outfit missed a flurry of chances, including a penalty, before shipping two late goals and losing to Mumbai FC, a result that prompted technical director Sukhwinder Singh to resign.
Pune, on the other hand, have the best defensive record in the league, having conceded only once so far and has been finding the back of the net of the opposition quite regularly.
Head to head, Churchill has the slight edge – the 8 times that these sides have met, Churchill has won 4, Pune 3, while 1 game was drawn. All the games have been won by slender, 1 or 2 goal margins, except in 2010 when Pune won 4-1.