Match 43 Preview: Odisha FC aim to break into the top four ahead of their clash against Hyderabad FC

Hyderabad FC will lock horns with Odisha FC in match 43 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim on Tuesday.

Currently, Hyderabad FC stand at fourth position in the points table with 12 points in seven matches. Odisha FC, on the other hand, ranks seventh with 10 points.

Hyderabad FC played a 1-1 draw with SC East Bengal in their last match. They had 11 shots at the goal and 60% possession. Similarly, Odisha FC drew 1-1 with FC Goa.

With one team aiming to break into the top four and another one solidifying its position there, the match holds an important part in both teams’ journey in the competition.

Form Guide

Hyderabad FC

Hyderabad FC is unbeaten in their last five matches. They have three draws and two wins. Two out of the three draws have come in the last two games.

Odisha FC

Odisha FC has only one win in their last five games. In the other four games, they lost three and drew one. 

Team News

Hyderabad FC

Hyderabad FC will be without Halicharan Narzary and Mohammad Yasir due to long-term injury. Ashish Rai didn't feature in the last so it remains to be seen if he will make a comeback.

Odisha FC

In the official pre-match press conference, coach Kiko Ramirez informed that Arshdeep Singh was sick a few days back but is fine now. As for Sahil Panwar, he has recovered from an ankle injury and is now available for selection.

Key Players

Odisha FC

Javi Hernandez

The midfielder has scored four goals and assisted in two in seven matches. Further, he has made 12 tackles, two blocks, three clearances and three interceptions. The Spaniard can pick out defense splitting passes and can hit long-rangers as well.

Jonathan de Jesus

The 32-year-old has scored two goals and made one assist. He is crucial to Odisha’s link-up play going forward. The Brazilian is a strong and skillful player who can be very dangerous in one-on-one situations.

Hyderabad FC

Bartholomew Ogbeche

The striker has six goals in seven matches and is the second highest goal scorer in the league. In addition he has made 13 tackles, 11 clearances and six blocks.

Joao Victor

The captain has one goal and assist to his name in the season so far. He has been at the heart of everything for HFC. Defensively, he has made 20 tackles, 14 interceptions, 22 clearances and 11 blocks.

Key Stats

HFC Rock Solid At The Back

Hyderabad FC have conceded the least number of goals in the league till now. They have conceded only six goals in seven matches.

Odds in Favour of OFC

Odisha FC have only lost one game to HFC in their history.

HFC Carry Momentum

Hyderabad FC are unbeaten in their last six matches.

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Date: 28 December 2021

Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 3, 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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