KO: 23.11.2020, 19:30 IST, Kalinga Stadium
Odisha FC and Hyderabad FC are only in their second season of play with the Indian Super League.
They had just to games against eachother, both of them in the Indian Super League 2019-20 season. Odisha FC won both games with a score of 2-1 in the first match and 3-2 in the second one.
Odisha FC had a decent pre-season campaign. They lost narrowly to Mumbai City FC 3-2 in their first pre-season friendly and lost out to Chennaiyin FC with a 1-2 scoreline. Odisha FC have been among the goals which is a good sign of things. Youngsters like Suresh Wangjam, Nandhakumar Sekar, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Bodo Bairingdao, Saurabh Meher, Hendry Antonay and Gayrav Bora provide a massive squad depth to Stuart Baxter. Big signings like Manuel Onwu, Marcelinho and Cole Alexander will have the responsibility to steer the team to wins.
Hyderabad FC played four pre-season games before the start of the league season. They fell to a 0-2 loss to Kerala Blasters, and played out a competitive 1-1 draw with Bengaluru FC. They snatched a 4-2 win over FC Goa in a friendly watched even by the local fans in Goa. However, the Nizams ended their pre-season on sombre note by losing 2-1 to NorthEast United. Hyderabad FC have a balanced squad as well with several youngsters. Rohit Danu, Liston Colaco, Nikhil Poojary, Laldanmawia Ralte, and Hitesh Sharma are some of the several exciting prospects in the squad. Hyderabad FC have experienced foreigners like Aridane Santana, Lluis Sastre, and Joel Chianese to act as the spine of the side.
This being said, we belive that this match will be a close one and both teams will score trying to beat the other team and perform better than last season but the number of goals will not be a high one.
Prediction: Total goals will be under 5.5