Hyderabad FC(HFC) take on Bengaluru FC(BFC) in the 4th round of fixtures of the Indian Super League. The two teams have squared off 4 times against each other previously and have drawn 3 games out of the 4 with BFC winning one match.
The GMC Stadium in Bambolim, Goa will play host to the encounter. Both the teams will head into this match to grab their second win of the season after a slow start to their season. An enthralling clash between the South Indian counterparts will also keep the fans captivated towards the end result of the tie.
Hyderabad FC head into this tie on the back of a 1-1 draw against high-flying Jamshedpur FC. The men in yellow currently lie 7th in the table and a win will take them in the mix for the knockout spots. Hyderabad will also look to win their first-ever victory against BFC after failing in their previous 4 attempts.
The season’s start has seen Bengaluru FC perform way below expectations. They currently lie 8th in the league table and a win is a must for their season to kick-start into something positive. They will also look to bounce back after a 1-3 humbling against defending champions Mumbai City FC.
Hyderabad FC will again look to rely on the services of Bartholomew Ogbeche. His coach Manuel Marquez recently heaped praise for the forward. “Ogbeche has scored close to 40 goals in the four seasons that he has played with four different teams. We can expect goals from him. Two goals in three games are great figures for a center-forward.“- Marque
No new injuries were reported from the last match for HFC.
Prince Ibara, Iman Basafa, and Musavu King are doubts for the fixture. Meanwhile, BFC will hope that their captain and striker Sunil Chettri finds some form after missing two penalties in this edition of the ISL. He is goalless after their first 4 matches. Bengaluru FC head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli called for improvements in their defense in the pre-match press conference.
PREDICTED LINE UPS
Hyderabad FC (4-4-2): Laxmikant Kattiamni(GK); Asish Rai, Juanan, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra; Aniket Jadhav, Hitesh Sharma, Joao Victor, Mohammad Yasir; Joel Chianese, Bartholomew Ogbeche.
Bengaluru FC(4-3-3): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), DF – Ashique Kuruniyan, Sarthak Golui, Alan Costa and Naorem Roshan Singh; Suresh Singh Wangjam, Danish Farooq Bhat and Bruno Ramires; Sunil Chhetri, Edmund Lalrindika, Cleiton Silva
HYDERABAD FC 1-2 BENGALURU FC
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