Chennayin FC has only two wins from eight games this season. They have been guilty of squandering many opportunities in almost every game they have played so far. On the other hand Hyderabad have been in a predicament of their own.
Even though CFC have been amongst the most creative teams this season, they have not been fruitful at the end, Jakub Sylvestr still has not played to his full potential. Hyderabad FC had a heart break last time around, after dominating the game they let the match slip against FC Goa in the closing minutes.
3 Foreign players to look out for
Eli Sabia has been one of the most consistent performers for CFC producing resolute performances one after the other.
João Victor has produced magical performance and dictates the game and can turn the match into HFCs favour, a player who rallies the young troops into action.
Aridane Santana has already scored 5 goals this season, he was not at his best during the match against KBFC but he bounced back the very next game.
3 Indian players to watch out for
Anirudh Thapa has been creative at the start of the season and scored a stunning goal but was ruled out for a couple of matches due to injury. He is a person who could control the midfield.
Chhangte has been a different player this season, his sprints down the flanks has been just spectacular but his finishing has been lacking this season otherwise he might have been in the top 3 goal scorers list.
Halicharan Narzary, in the past had heard constant flak when he used to play for the national side but now Narzary have evolved into an absolute beast and poses a genuine threat every time he possesses the ball.
Head to head
Chennaiyin FC – 2 wins
Hyderabad FC – 0 wins
Csaba Laszlo ruled Rafael Crivellaro out of the game, after the midfielder suffered an injury during the clash with ATK Mohun Bagan. However, Isma back to the fold, after he missed the last four games. Availability of Germanpreet Singh is also uncertain.
Hyderabad FC will likely go into this match without Nikhil Poojary and Liston Colaco, both of whom are injured.
CFC vs HFC predicted XI
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Vishal Kaith(GK), Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Deepak Tangri, Memo Moura, Anirudh Thapa; Rahim Ali, Jakub Sylvestr, Lallianzuala Chhangte.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Laxmikant Kattimani; Asish Rai, Odei Onaindia, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra; Joao Victor, Hitesh Sharma, Lluis Sastre; Joel Chianese, Aridane Santana, Halicharan Narzary.
Would be an evenly contested battle.
Chennaiyin FC 1-1 Hyderabad FC