FC Pune City
Pune City will be hoping to record a win in their first home game of the season     Reuters

FC Pune City play hosts to FC Goa in the Hero Indian Super League on Sunday, in their first home game of the season.

Pune has not had the best of starts to the inaugural season of the Indian Super League, with them recording a draw and a defeat in their opening two fixtures against Delhi Dynamos and Mumbai City FC respectively.

Their performance in the "Maharashtra derby" was especially poor as they were crushed 0-5 by Mumbai. The most worrying factor for Pune is that they have not managed to score a single goal in the competition so far.

However, the Hrithik Roshan co-owned side will be hoping to impress and register a win in their first home fixture of the season.

Pune manager Franco Colomba also feels that his men are ready to "give a good performance" in their first home game.

"It is our first home game. We want to give a good performance. We have a week's training behind us and we are ready," Colomba told ISL's official website.

"We are focused to do a good job and achieve our first victory on Sunday. We have worked hard, really hard this week. It's time to show some good football," Goal quoted the Italian as saying.

Pune defender Bruno Cirillo also insisted that the players have learnt from their errors and will put up a good performance against Goa.

"We have learnt from our mistakes. We are working hard and it will soon show in the results," Cirillo told Goal.

Meanwhile, Goa are searching for their first win as well, having recorded two defeats (against Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC), and a draw (against NorthEast United) in their opening three fixtures of the ISL.

Their 1-2 defeat to Kolkata in the last fixture came under controversial circumstances as both sides were involved in a tunnel bust-up during half time.

Goa's marquee player Robert Pires, along with Kolkata boss Antonio Lopez Habas and striker Fikru Teferra, were found guilty of breaching AIFF's Disciplinary Code (Article 58) of Offensive Behaviour and Fair Play and were fined Rs. 5,00,000 each.

In addition, Habas has been handed a four-match ban, while Fikru and Pires will serve two-match suspensions.

This means Pires will miss out against Pune on Sunday.

On being asked whether the Arsenal legend's absence would affect the team's performance, Goa boss Zico replied: "It's always harsh when a player misses out on a match with suspension. I hope it will not affect the performance of the team. We must always be prepared for such situations."

The Brazilian legend also defended his side's performances in the ISL so far, insisting that it will take some time for the team to gel.

"In football, everyone wants results fast. But you don't get to know players overnight. We are an attacking team, and were so against all our previous opposition. We just need to translate these attacks into goals," Zico told ISL's official website.

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled for a 7 pm IST (2.30 pm BST, 9.30 am ET) start, with live coverage in India on Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports 3, Star Gold, Asianet Movies, Suvarna Channel and Jalsha Movies.

Viewers can also watch the 14th game of the ISL via live streaming for free on starsports.com.

US viewers can live stream the action on FoxSoccer2go, while European viewers can catch the action live on Eurosport or their online Player. Middle East and North Africa viewers can watch the game on beIN Sports or via live streaming on beIN Sports Connect.

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