Hyderabad FC faces SC East Bengal FC on 23rd December at the GMC Athletic Stadium.
Hyderabad FC currently sits in 4th place on the table while their opponents SC East Bengal are currently placed at the bottom of the table. Hyderabad FC played out a 1-1 draw against FC Goa in their last game while SC East Bengal saw a 2-0 defeat against Northeast United FC. Therefore it promises to be an exciting match tonight. Let’s take a look at the match preview.
Hyderabad FC will most likely miss Ashish Rai who picked up an injury. The extent of his injury is not clear at the moment. Yasir Mohammad and Halicharan Narzary are sidelined due to injuries as well and will not be available for selection most probably.
SC East Bengal will miss the services of their star player Antonio Perosevic. The Croatian received a direct red card for an altercation with the referee and will serve his suspension. Center-back Franjo Prce also picked up a knock in the last game and Darren Sidoel is already nursing an injury. The red and gold army is also without Jackichand Singh and Ankit Mukherjee which doesn’t help their cause.
Three Indian players to watch out for
The Hyderabad FC and Indian National Team center back have been a pillar in front of the opposition teams so far. He is not just an important player in the team’s defense but also in Hyderabad FC’s build-up brand of football. No wonder why he has a 75.22% passing accuracy along with 36.33 average passes per game. His defensive solidarity is even better with 23 clearances and 10 interceptions as he has nullified most of the opposition’s goal threats.
Amarjit joined SC East Bengal on loan from FC Goa ahead of the 2021-22 season. The former India U17 captain is having a tough time at SC East Bengal, as he ended up with relatively less game time contrary to his expectations. But with the skillset and leadership qualities, he posses can be a weapon for SC East Bengal at any given time. With a passing accuracy of 80.23% and vital interceptions and clearances, he is an important player in the midfield. The 20-year-old will be hoping to get back to the starting XI and help his team to their first win of the season.
A regular for his national team and his club side as well. Hyderabad FC’s left full-back Akash Mishra is a player who has been a centerpiece of all the attacks that are created from the left side of the pitch. His visionary crosses, through balls, and dribbling skills are troublesome for opposition team players. While he is a modern wing-back and goes forward every time the team is attacking, he is equally good at tracking back when the opponents go on the counter. He is an important player for the Nizams and taking him lightly might be a costly mistake that the opposition team won’t want to make.
Three Foreign players to watch out for
The young Dutch player is the midfield maestro or engine of the team. He is someone who has the task of controlling the tempo and dictating play from the middle of the park. Having scored a goal and with a passing accuracy of 76%, it is safe to say that he is acing well at the role. He was pivotal in the past matches for the Red and Gold Brigade despite their poor form of results. The Ajax FC youth academy graduate will threaten Hyderabad FC attackers with his interceptions and long-range passes.
The veteran Nigerian, who is playing for the fourth straight year in ISL, has played for three other clubs in the past. He is the third-highest goalscorer in the history of ISL, and he is already leading the race for goals scored this season with 5 goals to his name. Being in his late thirties, there were a few questions regarding his ability to score goals and play the full matches, but in spite of being 37, he has proved that he is still capable of leading the attack for the Nizams. The former PSG striker has a wealth of experience, and his natural ability to poach any loose ball in and around the opposition goal and his bullet-like shots and hammering headers makes him a defender’s nightmare.
Daniel Chima Chukwu
The 30-year-old striker from Nigeria, who joined SC East Bengal this season, has scored two goals already. In the absence of Perosevic, who is suspended, Chima will have to become the lone striker upfront against Hyderabad FC. He is a player who can solve the Torchbearer’s attacking woes, which has been troubling them ever since they joined the league. Being in his early thirties he is still very fast and strong to muscle away and skips past defenders, so he must be well marked.
The two sides have met on two occasions in the past. Hyderabad FC has managed to win one out of those two games while the other game ended in a draw. Last season, the Nizams came out 3-2 winners against SC East Bengal, while the second match had ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
After a difficult start to the season where they have lost four matches and, draw the other three matches. The Red and Gold Brigade will look to get their first win of the season. At the same time, Manolo Marquez will be hoping that his team will continue the excellent run against their opponents. Hyderabad FC has won three games this season while losing one and the other two ended in a draw. When these two sides face, it is usually a tight game, with few goals and the matches are decided by narrow margins. But given the firepower at the Nizam’s disposal and the terrible condition of SC East Bengal defense, IFTWC predicts a 3-0 win for Hyderabad FC.
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