Match 77 Preview: NorthEast United FC face tough assignment against ruthless Hyderabad FC
NorthEast United FC will battle against Hyderabad FC in matchday 77 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season on Monday at the PJN Stadium in Margao, Goa.
The Highlanders played out a 1-1 draw against Mumbai City FC in their last outing while Hyderabad FC emerged victorious in a 3-2 comeback win against Odisha FC in their last match.
Khalid Jamil’s men will have to script a miraculous comeback to register themselves in the race for the top four. Meanwhile, Hyderabad FC will aim to retain the pole position by securing the three points.
NorthEast United FC: LDLLD
The Highlanders are tenth in the league standings with 10 points, collecting two wins, four draws, and eight losses in 14 games. Winless in their last seven games, Jamil’s men have also conceded the most goals in the league (28).
Hyderabad FC: DLDWW
The Manuel Marquez led side sit at the top of the table with 23 points in 13 games, registering six wins, five draws, and two losses. Hyderabad FC have scored the most goals (28) and have the highest goal difference in the league (+15).
The two teams have met each other on five occasions, and Hyderabad FC have got the better of NorthEast United FC three times while the latter have clinched just one win. Their last meeting ended in a 5-1 victory for Hyderabad FC in match 28.
Club record alert!
Hyderabad FC have equalled their record of 6 wins in the 2020-21 season in just 13 matches. They have never won more than 6 matches in the league stages of this competition before putting them on the verge of another historic feat.
An unwanted record
If the Highlanders concede more than 3 goals in the upcoming match, it will break their record of most goals conceded in the league stages of the season – 30 goals in 2019-20.
NorthEast United FC
Deshorn Brown: The striker needs to score one goal to become the joint-highest goalscorer in NorthEast United’s Hero ISL history.
Provat Lakra: The defender has made 55 tackles, 31 clearances, and 28 interceptions while remaining a consistent starter in the starting back under Khalid Jamil.
Bartholomew Ogbeche: A revolution in the Hero ISL, Ogbeche has led the goal scoring charts this season with 12 goals, four goals ahead of his competition, Igor Angulo.
Asish Rai: He bombs forward and regularly puts in crosses for Hyderabad FC. This season, he has attempted 40 crosses and only Jorge Ortiz of FC Goa has put in more. Rai’s assist in the Hyderabad’s 3-2 win over Odisha was his second of the season.
Match timings and telecast details
Match: NorthEast United FC vs Hyderabad FC
Date: January 31, 2022
Venue: PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa
Kick-off time: 7.30 pm IST
Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.