Indian Super League: Gameweek 2
Stadium: Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata
30th September 2023
East Bengal will welcome Hyderabad FC in Gameweek 2 of the Indian Super League at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata. With the first game being postponed Hydrabad will kick off their season against East Bengal. Bengal has never won a game against Hyderabad in ISL. Who will win?Get Your Welcome Bonus!
East Bengal Form
The Red & Gold Brigade didn't quite reach their full potential in the initial match against Jamshedpur FC, struggling to break through their defense. With upcoming challenging matches against potential title contenders, Carles Cuadrat's team is in urgent need of a victory to build momentum.
A draw or defeat against the vulnerable Hyderabad FC team, on the other hand, could have serious consequences for East Bengal. It might not only dampen the fans' confidence but also add more pressure on the players, potentially affecting their future performances.
East Bengal faced Kidderpore FC in a Super Six match of the Calcutta Football League following their 0-0 draw against Jamshedpur. The match turned out to be extremely one-sided, with the ISL team dominating their opponents and securing a resounding 10-1 victory. The standout performer of the game was 23-year-old forward PV Vishnu, who had a remarkable performance and netted four goals, earning him the Player of the Match award. Additionally, Mahitosh Roy contributed with a hat-trick, and VP Suhair added two more goals, among other notable performances.
East Bengal Predicted lineup
Prabhsukhan Gill (GK), Nishu Kumar, Harmanjot Khabra, Jose Pardo, Mandar Rao Dessai, Saul Crespo, Souvik Chakrabarti, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Borja Herrera, Nandhakumar Sekar, Javier Siverio
Hyderabad FC Form
The Nizams have faced challenges in adapting to the post-Manolo Marquez era and have encountered ongoing issues since his departure from the club. Hyderabad FC has also been surrounded by a number of controversies, leading to uncertainty about their performance in this ISL season.
This situation presents an ideal chance for Hyderabad to prove their critics wrong. With the experienced Indian coach Thangoi Singto leading the team alongside Conor Nestor, they aim to leverage their talented Indian players and skilled foreign recruits to surprise East Bengal and hand them their first defeat of the season.
Hyderabad FC's initial ISL fixture was set against FC Goa, but it had to be postponed because Sandesh Jhingan and Chinglensana Singh were unavailable to play. Now, Hyderabad FC is eager to kick off the 2019 ISL season on the right foot with a victory against East Bengal.
Hyderabad FC's possible lineup
Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Nikhil Poojary, Nim Dorjee, Joao Victor, Alex Saji, Sahil Tavora, Hitesh Sharma, Mohammed Yasir, Petteri Pennanen, Joe Knowles, Jonathan Moya
East Bengal vs Hyderabad FC expert tips
Our prediction is that Hyderabad will secure a third consecutive 2-0 victory against East Bengal and extend their league-winning streak to four games without conceding. Hyderabad concluded the previous season in outstanding form, with only two losses in their last twelve matches. They won eight of the ten games they did not lose, including a five-match winning streak before a 1-1 draw against Chennaiyin. Furthermore, East Bengal has never managed to secure a victory against Hyderabad, and this upcoming match will mark the eighth encounter between these two teams. We expect only one of the two teams to score in this game.