SC East Bengal and Hyderabad FC are going to have an intriguing clash today at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco.
SC East Bengal is having a bad time as their coach Robbie Fowler has been banned till their last-second game of this season but they have been playing good, even though they have won only one game in their last five matches they have been getting better in every game and they are going to be a tough competition for Hyderabad FC today.
Hyderabad FC has been unbeaten for eight games till now and in the last 8 games, they have got 4 clean sheets. Even though they have had 5 draws they are still in the top four with 23 points. Winning this game against SC East Bengal can push up their chances into qualifying for the playoffs.
3 INDIANS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Jeje Lalpekhlua, Ashish Rai and Liston Colaco are the three Indians to look out for.
Jeje Lalpekhlua is going to be a key player in this game, he will be trying to keep Ashish Rai busy and make sure to take the ball as deep as possible by breaking into Hyderabad FC’s defence.
Ashish Rai is going to be as usual an important player on the right flank, he will be keeping his eye on Jeje Lalpekhlua, he might also drop deep and give a few accurate crosses as usual to help Aridane Santana and Fran Sandaza.
Liston Colaco, one of the most favourite players for the fans in this season will be trying to get his name back on the score sheet, as he has scored only two goals in the last eight games. The last time SC East Bengal faced Hyderabad FC, Liston Colaco gave two top-class assists and his dribble against Scott Neville impressed everyone.
3 FOREIGN PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Bright Enobakhare, Joao Victor and Odei Onaindia are the three foreign players to look out for.
Bright Enobakhare needs no introduction, the Nigerian has been top class this season, his dribbles and skills are one of the main reasons to watch East Bengal’s matches. He will be a huge problem for Hyderabad FC’s defence today.
Joao Victor, the backbone of Hyderabad FC will as always be the main midfielder on the pitch for Hyderabad FC. He will be there in the midfield to make sure Matti Steinmann and Anthony Pilkington don’t drop deep to help their forwards.
Odei Onaindia, one of the most disciplined defenders of this season who has got only one yellow card in 16 matches will be the most important player for Hyderabad FC today. He will be there to stop the likes of Bright Enobakhare scoring goals or giving key assists.
Hyderabad FC has no injuries, all their players including Joel Chianese are fit enough to play this game.
Even SC East Bengal has reported no injured players for today’s game.
HEAD TO HEAD
SC East Bengal and Hyderabad FC have faced each other once, where Hyderabad FC has won by scoring three goals and SC East Bengal has scored only two goals.
SC EAST BENGAL (4-4-2) –
Subrata Pal (GK), Sarthak Golui (LB), Scott Neville (CB), Danny Fox (CB), Raju Gaikwad (RB), Jacques Maghoma (LM), Sourav Das (CM), Bright Enobakhare (CM), Ankit Mukherjee (RM), Anthony Pilkington (FWD), Jeje Lalpekhlua(FWD).
HYDERABAD FC (4-3-2-1)-
Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Akash Mishra (LB), Chinglensana Singh (LCB), Odei Onaindia (RCB), Ashish Rai (RB), Joao Victor (LDM), Hitesh Sharma (RDM), Halicharan Narzary (LW), Fran Sandaza (CAM), Mohammad Yasir (RW), Aridane Santana (ST).
SC East Bengal has only won one game in their last five matches whereas Hyderabad FC is in an unbeatable streak, they have been impressive in their last 8 games and contending for the playoffs this season. With the squad strength favouring Hyderabad FC, we predict a win for Hyderabad FC.