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

New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium




Punjab and Bengaluru prepare for a difficult contest at the bottom

  • Punjab are one place above the bottom
  • Bengaluru are unbeaten in the last two ISL matches
  • Punjab have never beaten Bengaluru

0-0 draw

Tournament: Indian Super League 2023-2024 | Venue: New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

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After facing disappointments in the Kalinga Cup, Punjab and Bengaluru get ready for a difficult match in the early kick-off on Saturday. The two teams are separated by just three points coming into the game. So far, it continues to be a difficult campaign for Punjab, who did pick up the first win of the season only before the break. The reverse fixture between the two clubs back in November ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Punjab FC Preview

Reasons to be cheerful

Punjab have lost only twice at home this season

The team has managed a clean sheet in two of the last four ISL matches

Reasons to be fearful

The team failed to win any of the Kalinga Cup games

Punjab are yet to score in double figures for the campaign

Punjab are looking to put some buffer between them and bottom club Hyderabad in the upcoming matches. Even though the team had to go out of the Kalinga Cup without a victory for their efforts, coach Staikos Vergetis has reasons to be confident ahead of the upcoming game. Punjab have done quite well at home. There are no injury concerns for Punjab ahead of the game.

Star man – Melwin Assisi 

Melwin Assisi was Punjab’s best player in the final Kalinga Cup group match against Gokulam Kerala. The winger is likely to be a player to watch for the upcoming matches. So far this season, he has picked up a goal without contributing any assists.

Bengaluru FC Preview

Reasons to be cheerful 

Bengaluru scored three goals in the last match against Punjab

The team are unbeaten in games against Punjab

Reasons to be fearful

Bengaluru were also knocked out of the Kalinga Cup without any wins

The team has scored just one goal in the last three matches

Bengaluru had a relatively strong conclusion to the first half of the Indian Super League matches. The team had gone into the Kalinga Cup on the back of two unbeaten matches. Even though the cup competition did not end well for the team from the Indian Silicon Valley, there are plenty of positives nonetheless. For a team that has struggled for the majority of the season, Bengaluru find themselves in an unlikely position where they can jump into the top six with a victory in the upcoming game.

The appointment of Gerard Zaragoza in the middle of December continues to have a positive impact on the team. Salam Johnson Singh is the only player missing because of an injury.

Star man – Francisco Javier Hernandez

Even though Bengaluru have several decent performers, Francisco Javier Hernández has been able to stand out as one of the best. The midfielder is likely to be the linchpin for the visitors in this game.

Bengaluru and Punjab are very evenly matched on several fronts. This will be a tight match but chances could be at a premium for both teams. So far this season, the teams have been able to manage only around a goal per game. Even though the last meeting between these two clubs ended with six goals in total, the upcoming game could be a lot different.

0-0 draw


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Author: Bharath Ram