Indian Super League, Round 17
Going into the business end of the ISL season, Hyderabad FC face a crunch clash against SC East Bengal later today, with three crucial points on offer. Ahead of this game, we take a look at some interesting numbers to get you into the mood
Hyderabad FC (8) and SC East Bengal (7) have combined to play out 15 stalemates in this season of the ISL. Interestingly though, the last time these two sides met produced a positive result for Hyderabad FC.
With a positive approach, Hyderabad has launched 203 shots in 16 matches, 4th most in the league. Usual suspects Aridane and Halicharan Narzary have contributed to 75 of them alone. SC East Bengal has been somewhat shy in this comparison, with 147 shots of their own. Former Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington has 44 shots to his name, most for SC East Bengal.
Laxmikant Kattimani has pulled out 19 saves for Hyderabad FC from 10 matches so far. SC East Bengal’s Debjit Majumdar has been the busier keeper of the two, with 50 saves in his 10 games and is second on the list of saves made for the current season.
SC East Bengal have made 474 successful tackles so far this season, just 2 more than Hyderabad’s 472. This could be a crucial battle in search of three points, in this game.
Much of what Hyderabad does goes through wing-backs Akash Mishra and Ashish Rai, who have a combined total of 2079 touches themselves. They have the fourth and fifth most touches of the ball in the league. The experienced Australian right-back Scott Neville is not far behind with 913 touches himself, standing seventh on this chart.