Indian Super League, Round 5
Hyderabad FC is back in action tonight when they take on East Bengal at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco. To get you into mood, here are a few interesting stats ahead of this game.
Nikhil Poojary has quite a connection with SC East Bengal. He has played a total of 16 matches with the Bengal-based outfit in the I-League and the Federation Cup, alongside Subrata Paul, who played for the club in the early stages of his career.
2 Goals Conceded
The likes of Odei Onaindia and Chinglensana Singh have formed a strong partnership at the back for the club this season. The result is HFC standing as the best defense in the ISL, going into this clash.
Halicharan Narzary, Liston Colaco and Aridane Santana have raided the opponent goal with 35 shots amongst themselves, with the team total standing at 58.
Apart from some crucial tackles and interceptions, our right-back Asish Rai has also been influential in keeping the ball rolling. He does not shy away from the ball and has the most touches for a player at HFC so far this season.
While Hyderabad FC have conceded just 50 fouls in their first four games, the only team with fewer fouls conceded is their immediate opponent SC East Bengal. Robbie Fowler’s side have conceded just 43 fouls, the least in the league so far this season.
3 Yellow cards
Hyderabad FC are one of the most disciplined sides in the competition. They have picked up just three yellow cards all season, just two for fouls on the field. In comparison, East Bengal, our next opponents, have seen 11 yellow cards so far this season, but have a red card in the books.