KO – Thu 28 Jan @ 19:30 IST
Hyderabad head into this match unbeaten in five Indian Super League matches, although they have only managed to draw in the last three of those games. Here they face a team in awful form, with Bengaluru having not won in their last seven league matches, losing five. With goals having proved hard to come by for Hyderabad after failing to score in two of their last three, they are likely to adopt a more offensive style of play here against a side bereft of confidence at present. Such a tactic will likely prove enough for them to overwhelm Bengaluru and pick up a vital three points from this contest.
Hyderabad traveled for their previous game, a trip to Jamshedpur that ended 0-0. Preceding that game was the home draw versus Odisha FC that ended 1-1. There’s a new fixture coming up fairly quickly for Hyderabad, as the Indian Super League home game vs Chennaiyin is only three days away.
There were no winners in Bengaluru’s previous match, a Indian Super League home game that ended 1-1 vs Odisha FC (placed 11th). A 1-2 defeat away at Kerala Blasters before that. Bengaluru has scored 7 goals on their travels this season, from 6 away games in the league. As opposed to that, Bengaluru has seen the ball go into their own net 7 times on the road. These teams’ last encounter with each other was the Bengaluru – Hyderabad 0-0 earlier this season.
PREDICTION: Total goals scored will be under 4.5