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ISL 20223-24: Hyderabad FC Kick-off Season Against Resurgent East Bengal – News18


Published By: Ritayan Basu

Last Updated: September 29, 2023, 20:53 IST

ISL 2023-24: East Bengal vs Hyderabad FC (FSDL)

East Bengal will host Hyderabad FC, who will start their Indian Super League 2023-24 campaign.

Hyderabad FC will kickoff their Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 campaign by locking horns with East Bengal FC in the latter’s backyard at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Saturday, September 30. In their first encounter, the Red and Gold Brigade, under their new head coach Carles Cuadrat, played out an engaging but eventually a goalless draw against Jamshedpur FC at this very venue on Monday.

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What’s at stake?

East Bengal FC

Carles Cuadrat has certainly imprinted his philosophy pretty impressively in the East Bengal setup, which was evident from the swift and sustained phases of attacks that they brought about in the last game. The key now is in capitalising on those opportunities as dropping points early on can be costly for their prospects later on in the campaign.

Hyderabad FC

Hyderabad finished second on the points tally last year with 13 wins and just four losses from its 20 league games. So, the team will be carrying the expectation of opening their campaign with a win this time around as well. Amidst all the expectations and consistency over the past two seasons, they go into the season with a new Head Coach – Thangboi Singto.

Key Players

Cleiton Silva (East Bengal FC)

After failing to open their account against Jamshedpur, East Bengal will be aiming for goals galore against Hyderabad FC. In that regard their Brazilian forward Cleiton Silva will play a crucial role in this match. The 37-year-old who joined East Bengal from Bengaluru FC on a free transfer this season brings in a wealth of club football experience.

Makan Winkle Chote (Hyderabad FC)

Keep an eye on young winger Makan-Winkle Chote. Hyderabad FC prized out the 23-year-old from their ISL rivals FC Goa on a free transfer this season. Chote has four goals and four assists to his name at club level and will be expected to net in a few more this time around.

Head-to-Head

Matches Played: 7

East Bengal FC: 0

Hyderabad FC: 4

Draws: 4

Trivia: East Bengal are yet to win a match against Hyderabad. Last season, East Bengal were leading 3-1 at the half-time in a Super Cup match against Hyderabad. But they conceded two second-half goals and the match ended in a 3-3 draw.

Team Talk

“Every ISL game is a challenge. All the teams have equal opportunity to win games. As Hyderabad FC, as players and staff we are ready. We are excited to face Bengal. One of the strengths of Hyderabad FC is the togetherness and the camaraderie in the group. The new players that have come in have bonded really well with the previous players. There are some senior very experienced players who have bonded well with the young players. So I think as a point weather we are fighting for points on the field or working hard off it. We will always go for top honours. We are working hard for playoffs. From there we think of what next.”, said Hyderabad assistant coach Thangboi Singto ahead of the match.

“We are doing the work to win the game. The last 15 minutes of the first half against Jamshedpur was terrific. It is always good to see the other team in a friendly but of course it is a friendly situation. We have to be ready for a close game. 0-0, 1-0 ,0-1, they are good in that so we have to be mentally ready for that. I am not agreeing that the conversion rate of our team is poor. Important thing is to create chances and the team is creating chances. It is new season, new players, new transfers but it always helps to have some bit of information about other team players. The style of football we are playing has to work.”, said East Bengal FC coach Carles Cuadrat before the match.



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