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Bengaluru FC vs Punjab FC, Indian Super League 2023-2024, Today Match Prediction

Bengaluru, Sree Kanteerava Stadium

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Battle of the Strugglers as Bengaluru take on Punjab

  • Bengaluru have not managed a victory in the last four league outings
  • Punjab remain winless this season
  • This is the first game between the two teams since 2017

1-1 Draw

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: Bengaluru, Sree Kanteerava Stadium

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This Indian Super League match features two teams who have had just one victory so far this season. Bengaluru have been able to take this crucial victory while Punjab are still waiting for the first win of the season. However, the visitors are edging towards relief from this unwanted record while Bengaluru were quite happy to come away with a draw against NorthEast United in the last match. The recent performances from Bengaluru have been underwhelming.

Bengaluru FC Preview

Reasons to be cheerful

Scored in three consecutive league matches

Lost only once in the recent five games

Reasons to be fearful

No wins in the recent four matches

Just one clean sheet in the last five matches

Bengaluru might have suffered only one defeat in the recent five matches but they are a team in a spot of bother. The lack of victories stems from an inability to create a lot of chances. The team has looked devoid of confidence, especially in the final third. This is further seen by the team witnessing just four goals from open play in the last five matches.

Coach Simon Grayson comes into the fixture having faced Punjab only once in his coaching career. The 53-year-old will be without Salam Johnson Singh, who is suffering from a knee injury.

Star man – Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri is the top scorer in the Bengaluru ranks after having managed three goals from his five league appearances. As the default penalty taker for Bengaluru, Chhetri is likely to remain at the top of the scoring charts in the Bengaluru squad.

Punjab FC Preview

Reasons to be cheerful 

The club are edging closer towards a first win

Punjab have taken the lead in back-to-back league matches

Reasons to be fearful

The Punjab team are without a victory in the season

Confidence may be low after yet another late goal to stop the progress

Punjab have had to wait yet another match to get the first win of the season. The late goal conceded against Hyderabad has put the team in a familiar position this season. The wait for the first win is causing a lot of anxiety in the squad. Coach Staikos Vergetis comes into the fixture with no injury problems and there may be a couple of changes to the team that drew against Hyderabad.

Punjab have concerns about the away form with the team suffering a defeat in four of the last five matches on the road.

Star man – Juan Mera

Juan Mera had a great performance to get Punjab ahead in the recent game against Hyderabad. Even though Punjab were unable to hold on to a victory in the final eight minutes, there are plenty of positives for Punjab including the performance of Juan Mera. The 30-year-old has opened his account for the campaign after grabbing 10 in the i-league last season.

This is a match between two teams who have been mediocre on several fronts over the last few weeks. Bengaluru are without a victory in the recent four games while Punjab have gone through the season so far. A draw would be a highly likely outcome when these two teams go up against each other.

1-1 Draw

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Author: Bharath Ram