Ludhiana, December 15, 2019: Punjab FC will be playing host to All India Football Federation (AIFF) developmental side Indian Arrows at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday, December 16. The match is scheduled for a 2 pm IST kick-off and will be broadcast LIVE on DSPORT.
The match against the Arrows will be Punjab’s third consecutive match at home, while for the travelling youngsters, it will be their first match on the road this season.
Since losing to Churchill Brothers in their season opener, Punjab have drawn to Quess East Bengal and then edged past the defending champions Chennai City FC in a thoroughly impressive performance that showed great character and resilience.
Reflecting on his side’s impressive display, Yan Law, Head Coach, Punjab FC said, “Against Chennai, the boys showed good tactical discipline and a fantastic desire to win."
“Even after a late equaliser from Chennai, the lads showed pure class and pulled back 2 more goals in the dying minutes of the game. I'm very proud of each and every one of them and I know they are capable of doing much more.”
He remains wary of the threat that the Arrows possess and further added, “Arrows are a good side who have tremendous quality and potential. They have given both their oppositions, Gokulam and Aizawl a tough time in their first two fixtures.
“This is a team to take very seriously and not underestimate. It's going to be a tough game as they are quite a compact and structured team.”
Indian Arrows, on the other hand, have played twice at home and despite showing great valour and persistence, came up short against Gokulam Kerala and Aizawl. An away trip is what awaits them next, and a positive result against Punjab could serve as a massive boost to get their Hero I-League account up and running for this season.
Speaking ahead of the match, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Head Coach, Indian Arrows said, “We know that Punjab FC won by a good margin against defending champions Chennai City in their last match and their confidence and motivation levels will be high, for sure."
“It will be their third consecutive home match and for us, we are playing away for the first time this season. We have adapted well to conditions so far and the weather has been really good -- ideal for playing football. We will give our best in the game.”