Hyderabad FC will take on Odisha FC today at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa. The Nizams will be looking to shorten the gap between the top three teams by getting all points from this fixture whereas Odisha FC will be looking to get their second win on the board after their worst start in the season so far. Hyderabad FC will be confident after their draw against the table-toppers in the last match and also three foreigners are slowly getting back into the match fitness. The Indian contingents especially the two side-backs Ashish Rai and Akash Mishra have been rock-solid in the defense this season for Hyderabad FC. Odisha FC will be looking to keep their defense intact and then go for the attack.
Top three Indian players to watch out for
The top three Indian players to watch out for in this encounter are Hitesh Sharma, Liston Colaco and Arshdeep Singh. Hitesh Sharma under Manolo Marquez has received a new role in the middle of the park, playing a pivotal role in front of the four-man defense line. He received Hero of the Match after his brilliant performance against the table toppers. Liston Colaco after joining the Nizams has proved to be a hidden asset for the Gaffer, already bagged two goals as a substitute against the Highlanders. Arshdeep Singh is the standout performer for the Juggernauts under the sticks, making some match-winning saves, and helped his team to concede as little as it can be.
Three foreign players to watch out for
Three foreign players to watch out for in this match are Joel Chianese, Aridane Santana, and Diego Mauricio. Joel Chianese has added an attacking option for the Nizams in the attacking line after he returned from injury, has already scored twice and assisted one, his partnership with Aridane Santana in the final third is increasing day by day. Aridane Santana will be up against his former team and will be looking to take his team into the top three. Diego Mauricio is the lone man warrior for Odisha FC this season, the Brazilian is in his peak form already netted six goals in the league so far. So, he will be the foreigner to watch out for Odisha FC.
No injury concerns for both Hyderabad FC and Odisha FC.
Hyderabad FC:- Laxmikant Kattimani, Ashish Rai, Odei Onaindia, Chiglensana Singh, Akash Mishra, Hitesh Sharma, Md. Yasir, Joel Chianese, Halicharan Narzary, Lluis Sastre, Aridane Santana
Substitutions:- Subrata Paul, Nikhil Prabhu, Sahil Panwar, Abhishek Halder, Adil Khan, Laldanmawia Ralte, Nikhil Poojary, Lalawmpuia,Liston Colaco
Odisha FC:- Arshdeep Singh, Jacob Tratt, Gaurav Bora, Steven Taylor, Hendry Antonay, Cole Alexander, Vinit Rai, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Marcelinho Leite, Diego Mauricio, Nandhakumar Sekhar
Substitutes:- Kamaljit Singh, George D’Souza, Kamalpreet Singh, Saurabh Meher, Shubham Sarangi, Isak Vanlalruatfela, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Manuel Onwu, Laishram Singh.
The form that Hyderabad FC is in, that Nizams can get all three points from Odisha FC in today’s encounter.