Match 63 Preview: Jamshedpur FC aim to extend winning streak against resolute Hyderabad FC
Hyderabad FC will be up against Jamshedpur FC in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 match at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim, on Monday evening.
Hyderabad FC would be eager to register their first win of 2022 and move up the pecking order and also take a major step to cement their place in the top-four. On the other hand, Jamshedpur FC are eyeing to extend their winning streak to three matches and apply the pressure on league leaders Kerala Blasters FC.
The Manolo Marquez coached side have won once, lost one and drawn in the other three of their last five matches. Despite being winless in the last three encounters, they are currently at the third position in the league table with 17 points from 11 matches, that includes four wins and five draws.
Jamshedpur FC have won two, lost once and shared the spoils in the previous five matches played this season. With back to back wins over NorthEast United FC and SC East Bengal, the team Red Miners have climbed to the second spot on the league table with 19 points from 11 matches, which includes five wins and four draws.
Head to Head
The two teams have met five times previously, with Hyderabad FC failing to win a single match in the fixtures. Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC have won once, while the teams shared the spoils in the remaining four matches. In fact, the last four head-to-head matches have been draws.
After serving a one-match suspension, the current leading goal scorer in the Hero ISL 2021-22 - Bartholomew Ogbeche, will be returning for Hyderabad FC in the upcoming game.
The striker who has aged like fine wine and currently the highest goal scorer in the Indian Super League with nine strikes - Bartholomew Ogbeche, will be key to Hyderabad FC’s success once again in the upcoming match. The prolific scorer was on the scoresheet in the last encounter between these two sides earlier this season and helped them earn a well-deserved point after conceding a goal. Having missed out the previous game due to suspension, Ogbeche would be eager to get back into his normal duties once again.
The central defender has been one of the most consistent Indian footballers in the position for the past year and Singh is proving his worth by each passing day. Having almost been on the pitch for the entirety of Hyderabad FC’s season so far, the defender has registered more than 41 passes in every game at a staggering rate of 80.57%. He’s been rock solid in his duties at the back, having made 23 tackles, 14 interceptions, 39 clearances and 13 blocks in the same time frame. Singh’s heroics is one of the primary reasons why Hyderabad FC have conceded only 11 goals (only Kerala Blasters FC have conceded fewer) in the league so far and he would continue playing a key role in the upcoming game.
Arguably, the best player in the ongoing 2021 ISL so far for Jamshedpur FC, the attacker has been in the thick of things throughout the season. With 11 goal contributions (5 strikes and 6 assists), the Scottish footballer has already taken the league by storm and he is not in a mood to halt. Stewart scored in the last meeting between these two sides, but his efforts only fetched one point as the lead was nullified later on. With three points at stake and an opportunity to move up the ladder, his services will be vital for the Owen Coyle coached side against Hyderabad FC.
Ishan Pandita has been doing what he does best - score decisive goals in the ending stages of a game. It was last season when the forward was touted as the ‘super-sub’, and he’s living up to his reputation ever since. The 88th minute strike against SC East Bengal in the previous game helped his team bag three valuable points and also move up in the standings. He might not get regular starts, but Coyle doesn’t hesitate to use his trump card quite often, which usually yields positive results.
Set-pieces: Jamshedpur FC have scored 11 goals from set-pieces this season, the joint-highest by a team, while seven of those have come from free-kicks. On the other hand, six of their last 10 goals have come from set-pieces.
Hyderabad FC joins the party late: Marquez’s men have scored six goals after the 75th minute of the game, the second-most by a team this season. They have also netted 12 goals in the second half of the matches played and are on the second spot in this list also.
Milestone alert: Bartholomew Ogbeche just needs two goals to become Hyderabad FC’s all-time highest scorer. Aridane Santana is the current top-scorer with 10 strikes. Jamshedpur FC’s Greg Stewart needs just one more assist to equal Aitor Monroy’s all-time record of seven assists for the club.
Match: Hyderabad FC vs Jamshedpur FC
Date: 17th January 2022
Venue: Athletic Stadium, Bambolim
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.