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Bengaluru vs Hyderabad, Indian Football League 2020-21, Match Preview 

After a winning start to the 2020-21 season, Hyderabad set a date with Bengaluru in Fatorda on Saturday. Bengaluru was held for a 2-2 draw against Goa after a promising first half. 

Match Timings: Nov 28, 7:30 PM

Team Preview 

Bengaluru stays in Fatorda to host Hyderabad in their second game of the Indian Football League 2020-21. Cleiton Silva struck the opening goal in the 27th minute, followed by a 57th-minute strike from Juanan to give Bengaluru a 2-0 lead. In the second half, Goa rushed towards Bengaluru’s area, and they created opportunities. Igor Angulo netted a brace in the margin of four minutes. The Blues walked away with one point, and this draw put some questions on their defense. 

Last season, Gurpreet Singh kept 11 clean-sheets, and Carles Cuadrat’s men have been regarded as the best unit in defense. They signed Ajith Kumar at the left-back slot with Ashique Kuruniyan and also got Pratik Chaudhari from Mumbai. Fran Gonzalez will have a big responsibility in defense after Goa’s game. 

Meanwhile, Hyderabad are coming off a 1-0 win over Odisha, courtesy of Santana’s first-half strike through penalty. The Spanish striker is a massive boost to the Black Outfit in forward role. He also scored two goals in pre-season friendlies. Manuel Marquez would aim to find some glory this season after a bottom finish in 2019-20. The young Indian talents are going to play a crucial role for Hyderabad. 

Apart from Santana, the center-back Odei Onaindia and midfielder Jose Victor also require more depth to overcome strong Bengaluru. A-League star Joel Chianese can deliver his experience to this side. Under Marquez, Hyderabad looks like a good side, which can surprise Bengaluru. 

Both the sides have previously met in the pre-season fixture, and Hyderabad held Carles Cuadrat’s side for a 1-1 draw. Wungngayam Muirang opened the scoring for Bengaluru, and Aridane Santana netted an eqaliser to make the scoreline 1-1. Bengaluru skipper Sunil Chhetri also missed the rare penalty. The Blues tried to find a late-winner, but they failed to convert any opportunity. 

Possible Lineups & Current Form 

Bengaluru 

Lineup: Gurpreet Singh; Bheke, Fran Gonzalez, Juanan Gonzalez, Kuruniyan; Paartalu, Wangjam; Udanta, Cleiton Silva, Sunil Chhetri; Kristian Opseth

Pre-season friendly form - D L 

Previous outing: 2-2 draw with Goa 

Hyderabad 

Lineup: Subrata Paul, Onaindia, Chinglensana, Sahil Panwar, Souvik Chakrabarti, Adil Khan, Joao Victor, Sastre, Chianese, Laldanmawia, Santana 

Pre-season friendly form - W D L L

Previous outing: 1-0 victory over Odisha 

Key Players 

Bengaluru 

Sunil Chhetri 

9 goals in Indian Football League 2019-20 

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu 

11 clean-sheets in Indian Football League 2019-20

Hyderabad 

Santana 

9 goals in Indian Football League 2019-20 

2 goals in pre-season & 1 goal in season 2020-21 

Joel Chianese 

4 goals in A-League 2019-20

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