Hyderabad look to bounce back in Mumbai

The Nawabs take on Mumbai City this Saturday in 3rd away game of the season for Hyderabad

Mumbai: Hyderabad FC have been unlucky to not get off the mark in the 2023-24 Indian Super League points table. However, they will look to turn things around when they travel to Mumbai to take on Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena in an 8:00 pm kick-off on Saturday, October 28.

Hyderabad fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Chennaiyin in the last round while Des Buckingham’s men beat Kerala Blasters at home before a tough defeat in the AFC Champions League against Al-Hilal, in Riyadh earlier this week.

The 2022-23 League winners, Mumbai City, have one of the strongest squads in the league this season. The likes of Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Lallianzuala Chhangte and Bipin Singh have been effective in attack alongside Naser El Khayati and will be the dangermen for HFC in this game.

Former HFC star Akash Mishra, defenders Rostyn Griffiths, Rahul Bheke and Mehtab Singh have proven tough to beat at the back while Tiri and Lalengmawia Ralte have also been in fine form this season.

Speaking about the opponents at the weekend, HFC First Team Coach Conor Nestor said, “Mumbai City are a team who have set the standard in the league in recent years.”

“Playing them away from home is a massive test for us right now but one we are looking forward to,” he added.

Hyderabad, who have found the back of the net just once so far this season, have produced some decent performances, but do not have a point to show for it.

Mohammad Yasir has been on fire this season while Aaren D’Silva, Joe Knowles, Petteri Pennanen and Felipe Amorim will look to add some goals to their game in this tie.

The backline of Oswaldo Alanis, Chinglensana Konsham, Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, who returns to Mumbai for the first time since joining the Yellow and Black and Nikhil Poojary have done their bit but will hope to help Gurmeet Singh on goal to his first clean sheet of the season in Mumbai.

The Nawabs have lost all three games by just a goal, and will look to put in a strong performance against the Islanders on Saturday. Des Buckingham is yet to beat Hyderabad, with two draws and two losses in the four meetings between the two sides in the last two years.

Offering some team news ahead of the game, Coach Conor said, “Katti is still far away from playing and Hitesh is out with an illness but apart from that, our preparation has been good and we are ready.”

Hyderabad will sport their much-awaited away kit for this clash in Mumbai as both teams will look to set the record straight and bounce back after the cruel losses earlier in the week.

The game kicks off at 8:00 pm IST on Saturday, October 28, and will be telecasted live on Sports 18 and VH1, with free streaming on Jio Cinema.

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