Match 55 Preview: A heavyweight clash awaits as Kerala Blasters FC take on Hyderabad FC
Kerala Blasters FC will take on Hyderabad FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa on Sunday as the race to top-four intensifies.
The two clubs have recorded one defeat each in nine matches – the least so far this season and are on an unbeaten streak of eight matches each raising the stakes further for this heavyweight clash.
Hyderabad FC will aim to climb and solidify their position at the top of the standings with a win while Kerala Blasters FC will look to break into the top-four.
Kerala Blasters FC
The Blasters have had a rising start to their Hero ISL season with two wins and three draws in their last five encounters. They are placed fifth on the league table with 14 points.
In striking similarities, Hyderabad FC too have registered two wins and three draws in the last five matches. The club sits a point away from the first spot, with 16 points in the bag.
In the four encounters between them, the two clubs have measured equally with two wins each.
The Blasters are unbeaten at the Tilak Maidan Stadium this season with 2 wins and 3 draws in 5 games. This will be Hyderabad FC’s first game at the venue this season.
Battle of defence
Hyderabad FC (9) have conceded the fewest number of goals so far this season. Kerala Blasters (10) have conceded the second-fewest number of goals this season.
Kerala Blasters FC
Adrian Luna: Luna’s attacking contributions have been key to Kerala Blasters’ success this season. He has created 23 chances for them so far, the most by any player in the squad.
Sahal Samad: The midfielder has scored four goals this season and has been an important member in attack, creating many goalscoring opportunities.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: Ogbeche, the third-highest leading goalscorer in Hero ISL history with 44 goals, and has been Hyderabad FC’s key contributor in their climb to the summit this season.
Javier Siverio: Siverio scored the key equaliser in the match against NorthEast United FC in stoppage time. It was his third goal of the season and all three have come off the bench making him a key part of the substitution plan to charge the attack.
Match Timings and Telecast Details
Match: Kerala Blasters FC vs Hyderabad FC
Date: 9th January 2022
Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.