Guwahati gears up for the last piece of ISL 2018-19 action as NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) entertain visitors FC Pune City at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here on Wednesday with an aim to pocket full points to qualify for the Hero Indian Super League play-offs for the first time ever.
With 27 points from 16 league games, the Highlanders sit third on the table and are almost certain of a play-off berth unless there’s a major casualty elsewhere. A 2-0 win over Mumbai City FC in their last game should give them the confidence to overcome the threat posed by a resurgent Pune. Coach Eelco Schattorie knows the importance of the match ahead and is wary of his opposition’s recent turn in form.
Pune on the other hand, have regained form under new head coach Phil Brown. Their last defeat came in November, against Bengaluru FC. Since then, the Stallions have won four out of five matches and are seventh on the table with 18 points. They now stand with an outside chance of bagging a spot in the playoffs but they are counting upon NorthEast and Mumbai losing points in their remaining matches.