PUNE, Dec 29: FC Pune City must overturn their poor home form and get back to winning ways without suspended coach Ranko Popovic as they host NorthEast United in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium here on Saturday.
Pune moved into the top four of the Hero ISL standings with a classy away victory against FC Goa, one of the pacesetters in the fourth season of the league. They have also recorded an away victory against Jamshedpur FC, the most difficult team to break down. Yet, at home, their form has been patchy as they have lost three of their four matches so far.
Up next is NorthEast United FC, a team that is languishing in the bottom half of the table. That said, Pune will be without suspended coach Ranko Popovic. The Serbian was handed a four-match ban for breaching Article 50 (misconduct against match officials) and Article 58 (offensive behaviour and fair play) after the last win in Goa. � Agencies