Match 73 Preview: Odisha FC's revived semi-final bid faces acid test against leaders Hyderabad FC
Odisha FC share the field with Hyderabad FC in matchday 73 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama, Goa.
Odisha shared the points in a goalless draw against ATK Mohun Bagan in their last outing.
Hyderabad FC emerged victorious in a 4-0 win against SC East Bengal in their last match.
The Juggernauts must give it their all if they want to break into the top four while Hyderabad FC can clinch the top spot with a victory in this game.
Odisha FC: LWLWD
The Bhubaneswar-based side sit sixth in the league table with 17 points, picking up five wins, two draws, and five losses. Led by interim coach Kino Garcia, the Juggernauts are adapting to a different gameplan and have won twice in their last five matches.
Hyderabad FC: WDLDW
Hyderabad FC sit on pole position in the league table with 20 points in 12 games. They’ve five wins, five draws, and two losses. Manuel Marquez’s men boast of the highest goal difference (+14) and have scored the most goals (25) in the league.
Head coach Manuel Marquez hinted in the pre-match press conference the exclusion of either Bartholomew Ogbeche and Javier Siverio in the starting line-up as both played ninety minutes in their last match that happened three days back which could mean that Marquez could look at managing their minutes.
Having faced each other five times, there’s no separation between the two as both teams are tied with two wins each and a draw. The reverse fixture in match 43 witnessed a thumping 6-1 win for Hyderabad FC.
Arshdeep Singh: Arshdeep has been the goalkeeper in each of their last 2 games, he had a 100% save percentage in both the games. In the three games he has played this season, Arshdeep Singh has made 11 saves with a save percentage of 84.61%.
Javier Hernandez: He has been in the spotlights for Odisha FC’s success with most goal scoring contributions for the club this season that includes four goals and as many assists.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: He scored a hat-trick in Hyderabad’s last match, taking his tally of goals for the season to 12 goals. He is currently in the first place in the golden boot race.
Aniket Jadhav: He has now scored two goals and provided three assists for Hyderabad in 11 appearances this season. He is the leading the charts for most assists for Hyderabad in the Hero ISL 2021-22.
The final push
Odisha FC have scored eight goals in the last 15 minutes of games this season, highest of any club. Hyderabad FC have scored the second most in the same time period with 6 goals. However, Hyderabad FC are the only side yet to concede a goal in the last 15 minutes of games this season.
Ogbeche for the glory
Ogbeche (47) needs one goal to become the joint leading scorer in Hero ISL along with Ferran Corominas (48) and Sunil Chhetri (48).
Solid in defence
For just the third time in their time in Hero ISL, and for the first time since the start of last season, Odisha FC have kept 2 successive clean sheets.
Match timings and telecast details
Match: Odisha FC vs Hyderabad FC
Date: January 27, 2022
Venue: Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm IST
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.