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Preview: Pokhara XI v Transport United

 

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This is the first time any Bhutanese club has participated in any tournament in Nepal. Transport United has won several Bhutanese league championships as well as has international experiences while playing AFC President's Cup.

The hosts Pokhara XI has assembled a team with majority of A Division players to take on the mightiest teams in the country. The team has no team chemistry and match experience as a team what so ever. It is going to be a test for coach Krishna Thapa's squad.

National team Bhutan used to lose with heavy goal margin in the past but they have narrowed it significantly in the recent matches regardless of FIFA Rankings so it seems that Transport United won't be a easy nut in the first round encounter.

Score Prediction

It is very difficult to predict a scoreline while weighing the two sides at the moment. The top players of Nepal are all preparing for the SAFF and so do the players from Bhutanese club. Regarding the MM ADL experiences in Pokhara XI and being a host team, Pokhara XI may be able to win with two goals margin. I predict 3-1 win to Pokhara XI.

Ram Gurung: Analyst, Nepalifootball.com

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