With the Indian Super League returning in the coming weeks, Pune City are currently preparing for their encounter with the Delhi Dynamos, with the visitors having lost out in the semi-finals of the season ending play-offs last time around. However, following their disappointing campaign, Pune City will also be looking to make a winning start to the campaign.
Indian Super League – Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune – Wednesday 22nd November – 15:30 UK Time
Despite the two teams having performed indifferently towards the end of last season, both Pune City and the Delhi Dynamos are expecting big things over the next twelve months. The home side struggled for goals throughout the campaign, while the visitors were the leading scorers in the entire league. It is such statistics that mean this is an encounter that will receive a significant amount of attention from the neutrals, as well as betting customers. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the two teams, as well as our top betting tip for the clash.
Pune City Team News & Form
Manager Ranko Popovic will be looking for his side to significantly improve upon their performances from last season, with players such as Rafa Lopez, Damir Grgic and Marcelinho among their most talented individuals. Pune City were often involved in low-scoring encounters last season, with a lack of goals being aided by a decent defensive record. With manager Popovic having only been appointed back in September, it may take some time for Pune to find their best form.
Delhi Dynamos Team News & Form
Manager Miguel Ángel Portugal led his side to a third place finish in the Indian Super League last time around, before a defeat on penalties in the semi-finals of the playoffs ended their hopes of lifting the title trophy. Nigerian striker has joined the side for the upcoming season, along with the likes of Paulinho Dias and Spanish defender Edu Moya. Delhi scored 27 goals in just 14 matches last season, demonstrating their significant capabilities in the final third of the field.
Head to Head
The two teams have met six times in competitive fixtures, with the Delhi Dynamos having won three of such encounters, as well as registering two draws. However, Pune City won an entertaining match last time the two clubs met, with late goals securing a 4-3 victory for the Indian minnows.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Despite being the home team, it comes as little surprise that it is Pune City who are the major underdogs for victory with many online bookmakers for this match. The home side can be backed at best odds of 2/1 at William Hill, while an opening weekend victory for the Delhi Dynamos can be found at odds of 4/5 with the same bookmaker.
Top Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on the both teams scoring during the 90 minutes, which is available at appealing odds of 4/6 with Ladbrokes.