Indian Super League, Round 14
Hyderabad FC host Bengaluru FC on Thursday as Manolo Marquez’s side aim for a positive result to break the streak of draws. Ahead of the game, we take a look at the squads, the opponents, the key men and more…
Round 2: Hyderabad FC 0-0 Bengaluru FC
Nov 28, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda
Hyderabad FC were held to a goalless draw by Bengaluru FC in their second game of the 2020-21 ISL season. Manolo’s men started the game by dominating possession but were handed a blow when two instrumental overseas players, Joel Chianese and Lluis Sastre were subbed off before halftime due to injuries. Despite their absence in the second half, the team showed a strong mindset and put on a tough defensive display that did not allow any shots on target for the opposition.
Bengaluru FC started the season with a series of decent results but have now been winless in their last seven games. Since the sides last met, the Blues have made some major changes to their squad which includes Naushad Moosa taking over as interim coach in place of Carles Caudrat and Deshorn Brown joining NorthEast United FC. BFC will also miss the services of Dimas Delgado, who left the bio-bubble for personal reasons.
Despite sitting at the seventh position in the league table, Bengaluru has shown potential as contenders for playoffs since they are only four points away from a spot in the top-4. The Blues have seen a lot of action in the final minutes of their recent games as they have either conceded or scored late goals. It is safe to say that we can expect a nail-biting contest till the final whistle on Thursday.
Having drawn the last three games, Hyderabad will come into the game looking for a victory to strengthen their position in the top 4. Additionally, Manolo Marquez’s side will hope to return to their scoring ways since they have only scored one goal in the past three matches.
Cleiton Silva (BFC)
With four goals and two assists to his name this season, Silva has been an influential presence on the field as a result of his sublime footwork, positional abilities and passing accuracy. The Brazilian forward promises versatility since he can contribute from both flanks as well as the middle of the pitch making him an all-around threat for Hyderabad.
Sunil Chhetri (BFC)
The Blues’ skipper is at the helm of attacking operations for his side with the ability to create frequent chances in the final third. Chhetri will not only prove to be a menace to the Hyderabad backline but will also contribute defensively, in an attempt to thwart our attack on Thursday.
Erik Partaalu (BFC)
The Australian midfielder has a commanding style of play which includes quick distribution of the ball, aerial prowess in set pieces and targeted shots. His presence will also add solidity to the middle of the park for BFC. His recent equalizer against Odisha will give him a lot of confidence and his clash with the Hyderabad midfield and backline could be one to watch out for.
Halicharan Narzary (HFC)
Tied with Sunil Chhetri for at the top of the goalscoring charts for Indian players in the ISL so far, Narzary has been in fine form for Hyderabad. Similar to Bengaluru’s Cleiton Silva, the Indian International will also add versatility to the side, which could make their clash an interesting contest to watch.
Chinglensana Sana (HFC)
The Indian centre-back has shown great leadership at the back for Hyderabad FC. With the help of his instinctiveness on the ball and timely clearances, Sana has become a difficult presence to dribble against. He will work in tandem with Odei Onandia to keep Chhetri, Silva and other attacking threats at bay.
Roland Alberg (HFC)
Despite joining the squad late, Hyderabad’s seventh foreigner has fit into the squad and adapted to the style of play effortlessly. Roland, who got his first start against Jamshedpur FC, has been instrumental in regulating possession, delivering crosses and creating chances for his side. He will hope to create a bigger impact on Thursday against Bengaluru FC.