Match 28 Preview: Hyderabad look to snatch all three points from NorthEast United FC

Hyderabad FC take on NorthEast United FC in match 28 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

Hyderabad FC are fresh off a victory against Bengaluru FC in their previous game, and are undoubtedly a team to be feared in the Hero ISL 2021-22 season.

On the contrary, NorthEast United FC haven’t yet found their spark in this season, having lost to Odisha FC in their previous game.

Form Guide

Hyderabad FC
Hyderabad have had one of the best starts in the league this season, having won two games, drawn one, and lost one out of four games. They have been firing on all fronts and have been one of the most composed sides in the league.

NorthEast United FC
The Highlanders haven’t struck the right chord this season and are missing a whole lot of team chemistry. Khalid Jamil’s men have won just one game out of five: drawing one and losing the remaining three. The Guwahati-based side need to pull themselves up to be a challenging team.

Head-to-Head Record

In four separate meetings among the two sides, Hyderabad FC have been the triumphant one, defeating NorthEast United FC twice whereas the latter have won just once. The Highlanders’ last win against Hyderabad FC came in the 2019-20 season.

Team News 

Hyderabad FC will be without Halicharan Narzary, Mohammad Yasir and Souvik Chakraborty for the match against NorthEast United.

As for the Highlanders, they will be without long-term absentee Federico Gallego.

Key Stats

NorthEast United FC’s defence: A tale of contrasts

The Highlanders have had  a dismal start to Hero ISL 21-22 season winning just once in their opening  5 games. They have not been particularly dominated in any game but are failing to dominate and control games too. Talking about their defence, they have conceded eight goals in 5 games. Strikingly, NorthEast United FC have conceded all their 8 goals from open play.

Defence wins you titles

Hyderabad FC had the third best defensive record in the league stages of Hero ISL 20-21. They conceded 19 goals in their 20 league games. Only Mumbai City (18) and ATK Mohun Bagan (15) conceded fewer goals in the league stages of Hero ISL. They have followed their defensive framework from last season and have had a solid start to the season defensively. Only Chennaiyin FC (2) have conceded fewer goals than Hyderabad FC (3) in 21-22 Hero ISL. The club have conceded 40 shots in their 4 games, the fewest shots conceded by any team this season.

Key Players

Hyderabad FC
Bartholomew Ogbeche: One of the most experienced strikers in ISL, Ogbeche is always a threat to the opponent with his intimidating presence in the box added with his clinical finishing. With three goals to his tally, Ogbeche is already the fifth top scorer in the league, and will be eyeing to net more goals for his side.

Chinglensana Singh: Singh has been the backbone of the Hyderabad backline, making 15 clearances, six interceptions and blocks. The 25-year-old has delivered consistently for his side and is a player not easy to get past.

NorthEast United FC

Subhashish Roy: Roy has been phenomenal for his side, saving the most number of shots (17) in the league while also keeping a clean sheet. With a highly experienced keeper at their helm, the Highlanders can rely on the 35-year-old in crucial games.

Suhair VP: Suhair adds robustness and aggression to the NorthEast United FC attack with his physique and presence on the ball. The winger has already notched a goal and assist in four games and will likely be an influential player under head coach Khalid Jamil.

Match timings and telecast details

Match: Hyderabad FC vs NorthEast United FC 

Date: 13th December 2021

Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, Hindi Commentary on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 regional channels - Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.

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