Welcome to Sportstar's live highlights of this evening's Chennaiyin FC vs Hyderabad FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) played at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa.
That is all for today. Thanks for tuning in. We will meet you tomorrow when FC Goa and NorthEast United clashes at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolin. Goodnight, take care and stay safe.
Points table: ISL 2021-22 Points Table: Jamshedpur FC wins League Winners's Shield for the first time
Read match report: ISL 2021-22: Chennaiyin and Hyderabad share the spoils with 1-1 draw
7:15 PM- Key player for both teams!!
Reagan Singh (Chennaiyin FC): The 30-year-old defender has been a dependable figure at the back for Chennaiyin FC this season with 33 clearances, 42 tackles, 18 blocks, and 21 interceptions so far.
Akash Mishra (Hyderabad FC): The defender has played every minute of Hyderabad FC's season and made 48 tackles, 23 clearances and 17 interceptions.
7:00 PM- What are the coaches saying?
Bozidar Bandovic on Hyderabad FC: "This is one of the best-organised teams and has the same coach from before. They are a dangerous team who have built themselves nicely. The way they have played shows that it will not be easy against them."
Manolo Marquez on Chennaiyin FC's campaign so far: "They have a new coach and a lot of new players. In the beginning, especially in our game, they didn't deserve to win. But results give you confidence. They started the season very well after that they lost some games. After that, it's been up and down but there are seven teams separated by three points. If we win, we will be top of the table but if we lose, Chennaiyin FC will go above us."
6:45 PM- Head-to-head record!!
The two clubs have faced each other five times and Chennaiyin FC has won thrice while Hyderabad FC has won the remaining two times. Earlier in the season, Chennaiyin FC clinched three points defeating Hyderabad FC 0-1.
6:40 PM- Official lineusp are out!!
Chennaiyin FC: Debjit Majumder (GK), Mohd Sajid Dhot, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Narayan Das, Slavko Damjanovic, Edwin Vanspaul, Ninthoinganba Meetel, Anirudh Thapa, Mirlan Murzaev, Germanpreet Singh, Nerijus Valskis.
Subs: Kaith (GK); Reagan, Salam, Chhangte, Suhail Johnson, Rahim, Jobby, Lukasz
Coach: Bozidar Bandovic.
Hyderabad FC: Laxmikant Kattimani (GK), Chinglensana Singh, Juanan, Akash Mishra, Asish Rai, Joao Victor (C), Aniket Jadhav, Edu Garcia, Souvik Chakrabarti, Nikhil Poojary, Javier Siverio.
Subs: Gurmeet (GK); Dorjee, Pritam, Yasir, Sahil, Seityasen, Mark, Aaren, Rohit.
Coach: Manolo Marquez.
6:15 PM- Here's what happened when both teams met the last time!!
6:00 PM- Here's how we think the two sides could line up today!!
Chennaiyin FC Predicted XI: Debjit Majumder (GK), Reagan Singh, Mohd Sajid Dhot, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Edwin Vanspaul, Mirlan Murzaev and Lukasz Gikiewicz.
Hyderabad FC Predicted XI: Laxmikant Kattimani, Asish Rai, Chinglensana Singh, Juanan, Akash Mishra, Hitesh Sharma, Joao Victor, Nikhil Poojary, Edu Garcia, Aniket Jadhav, Javier Siverio.
5:45 PM- Teams news and Injury updates ahead of the match!!
Chennaiyin FC: Vladimir Koman will miss this match and return for the next, while Ariel Borysiuk's return is uncertain and a call will be taken by coach Bandovic before the match on his inclusion.
Hyderabad FC: Bartholomew Ogbeche is suspended for Hyderabad’s upcoming match after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season in the last match.
MATCH PREVIEW:ISL 2021-22: Chennaiyin, Hyderabad look to regain momentum
Chennaiyin FC will take on Hyderabad FC in what will be a crucial Indian Super League match on Thursday for both sides at Fatorda.
Both sides have been going through a lean patch in recent games and desperately need a win to regain momentum.
While CFC has lost three of its last four, HFC has just one win in its last five games with the latter holding a two-point advantage over its opponent. A win for CFC on Thursday will take the side into the top four ahead of HFC.
In its last match, Chennaiyin struggled to create chances as it slumped to a 1-0 defeat to FC Goa and it is something coach Bozidar Bandovic says the team needs to correct soon.
“We need to be better in the attack. Especially in the last game [against FC Goa], we were not good — we lost so many duels and second balls from the opponent. We need to be close to them to be in a better position and be more aggressive,” said Bandovic.
CFC has scored the least amount of goals so far in the tournament and in Hyderabad it faces a strong defensive side that has conceded the joint-lowest number of goals alongside Kerala Blasters FC.
In the first meeting between the two sides, CFC eked out a 1-0 win thanks to a penalty but was outplayed by Hyderabad.
HFC head coach Manolo Marquez said his team would need to take its chances and not let history repeat itself once again.
“Chennaiyin are a team that prefers to play on the counter. We did not deserve to lose the last game against this team. They played with 10 players behind the ball and took advantage of one mistake,” said Marquez.
“So, we have to make sure that we are more prepared this time and should take our chances to win the game,” added the Spaniard.
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