Match 59 Preview: A storm brews as Chennaiyin FC takes on bullish Hyderabad FC

Chennaiyin FC will go head-to-head with Hyderabad FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa on Thursday as the race to top four turns an exciting corner.

Chennaiyin FC lurks in the mid-table with 14 points in their bag, including four wins, two draws and four losses. On the other hand, Hyderabad FC have seen a confident first half with 16 points made up from four wins, four draws and two losses. 

The two clubs will be aiming to better their prospects of finishing in the top four with the three crucial points on offer.

Form Guide

Chennaiyin FC

In their previous five encounters, Chennaiyin FC have won two while losing the other three matches. Their form has been inconsistent of late, however, if the Indian contingent of the club is able to provide the stability, Chennaiyin FC can prove to be a threat.

Hyderabad FC

Hyderabad FC's unbeaten streak of eight matches was brought to an end by Kerala Blasters FC in their previous match and that will be looming large in their minds as they seek redemption for their opening match defeat against Chennaiyin FC. In the last five matches, Hyderabad FC have one win, three draws and a loss.

Head-To-Head

The two clubs have faced each other five times and Chennaiyin FC have won thrice while Hyderabad FC have won the remaining two times. In the clash this season, Chennaiyin FC clinched the three points defeating Hyderabad FC 0-1.

Team News

For Chennaiyin FC, Vladimir Koman will miss this match and return for the next, while Ariel Borysiuk remains uncertain and a call will be taken before the match on his inclusion.

The current front runner in the golden boot race this season, Bartholomew Ogbeche, finds himself suspended for Hyderabad’s upcoming match after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season in the last match.

Key Stats

Trend leans towards Chennaiyin FC

Hyderabad FC did the double over Chennaiyin last season. Chennaiyin FC did the double over Hyderabad FC in Hero ISL 2019-20.

Chennaiyin FC’s lacking firepower

Chennaiyin FC have scored the fewest goals in the league this season (9). They are the only side to have scored fewer than 10 goals in Hero ISL 2021-22.

Key Players

Chennaiyin FC

Nerijus Valskis: His inclusion in the Chennaiyin FC side raised hopes for improved offensive gameplay. This season Valskis has scored two goals and provided with an assist and the longing to step up for Chennaiyin FC could see him on the scoring sheet.

Reagan Singh: The 30-year-old defender has been rock solid for Chennaiyin FC this season, he made 33 clearances, 42 tackles, 18 blocks, and 21 interceptions so far.

Hyderabad FC

Joao Victor: Hyderabad skipper has been a consistent contributor to the team’s success with two goals, an assist and has maintained an impressive passing accuracy of 79.42% this season.

Akash Mishra: The defender has played every minute of Hyderabad FC's season and made 48 tackles, 23 clearances and 17 interceptions.

Match Timings and Telecast Details

Match: Chennaiyin FC vs Hyderabad FC                

Date: 13th January 2022

Venue: PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa

Kick-off time: 7.30 pm

Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar, and JioTV.

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