Hyderabad resume ISL action at the Maidaan against Mumbai City

The Islanders visit the home of the Nawabs in a crucial encounter

Hyderabad: Having registered their first league win of the season before the International Break, Hyderabad FC are back in action this weekend against Mumbai City.

HFC take on the Islanders at the Gachibowli Stadium here on Monday, April 1.

The Nawabs have now taken four points from their last two games but take on the league leaders, who have lost just one game since the league restarted in February.

Peter Kratky’s men can open a massive lead at the top of the table with a positive result in this game.

The likes of Vikram Partap Singh, Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Lallianzuala Chhangte have been dangerous in front of goal.

Tiri, Mehtab Singh, Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra and Bipin Singh have also been effective as Mumbai continue to chase another League Shield in the ISL this season.

“Mumbai City have a strong squad, with international players all over the pitch. We are also well aware of their strengths,” said HFC assistant coach Shameel Chembakath, speaking about this game.

“Their foreign contingent is also impressive but we are well prepared and have a positive approach to this game,” he added.

Hyderabad FC were one of the very few teams to take points off of the Islanders this season.

But the Nawabs go into this game with a new-look outfit, led by skipper Joao Victor.

The likes of Makan Chothe, Abdul Rabeeh, Ramhlunchhunga, Mark Zothanpuia, Sajad Parray and Alex Saji have all stuck to their task and make this HFC side an exciting watch.

Youngsters Jeremy Zohminghlua, Joseph Sunny, Abijith PA and Aron Vanlalrinchhana have also impressed when called upon for the Nawabs.

“We may not have a squad of seasoned players but we have plenty of promising and exciting talent with us,” said Coach Shameel, speaking about his side.

“While learning and developing as players at the highest stage is important, but for us the target is always three points like it will be, for this game on Monday,” he added.

Hyderabad are fresh from a couple of morale-boosting results behind them going into this game.

They will look to put in a strong performance and trouble the Mumbai City side, who have been unstoppable at times this season.

The Islanders will miss the services of Apuia and Yoell van Nieff, both of whom are suspended. HFC will also miss Muhammed Rafi, who picked a red in the last victory over Chennaiyin FC.

With the business end of the season upon, every point will be crucial for teams at both ends of the points table. So, this game has all the makings of an entertaining watch even for the neutral.

The game kicks-off at 7:30 pm IST on Monday, April 1. It will be telecasted live on Sports 18 and VH1, with free streaming on Jio Cinema.

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