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ATK target maiden home win against struggling Pune City

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Former champions would look to end their barren run at home when they take on a struggling in an football match, here Saturday.

have suffered three defeats from six matches this season, all of them at home.

The two-time former champions will hope their forward is fit to start the game. The Nigerian had sustained a during the team's 1-2 loss to Bengaluru FC in their previous outing.

Uche had to be stretchered off in the first-half and the team not having a proper replacement was termed as "an issue" by

Their star-studded attack force which consists of Uche, Manuel Lanzarote, and is yet to fire on all cylinders.

Coppell will be hoping Under-17 World Cupper Komal Thatal steps up again. The youngster had impressed in the previous game when he broke through the high profile Bengaluru FC defence to give the lead.

"He's got and he's got legs. He's very skilful on the ball. He likes having possession. His level of commitment and skill have been very noticeable. We have been trying to encourage him. His finish was excellent," Coppell had said of Thatal.

Semifinalists' in the previous edition, have suffered four losses from five matches. They have just two points and are placed at the bottom of the table.

The pre-season favourites Pune's campaign got off to a bad start even before the side played their first match. Marcos Paqueta, who was roped in to replace Ranko Popovic, terminated his contract within a week to join

Pune then signed former Delhi Dynamos Portugal but the Spaniard departed after a hat-trick of losses.

has since made the but they are still in search of their first win, having conceded 15 goals in six matches.

Enjoying a 5-1 head-to head record against ATK, the Stallions will look to continue their dominance over the Kolkata side.

The last time Pune played at ATK, struck a brace in a 4-1 win but Reddy will be the without the Brazilian winger, who is facing suspension along with fellow mate

Out of the eight goals conceded by ATK this season, five have come via set-pieces -- the most by any team this season.

In their previous match against Bengaluru FC, both of their goals were conceded via freekicks.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 14:45 IST