ISL: Blasters meet Hyderabad in crucial encounter | ISL News

Bambolim (Goa): Juggernaut Hyderabad FC will be tested against Kerala Blasters FC who themselves will be desperate to find their way back to winning ways and cement their place in the top four when they meet in the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Wednesday.

Hyderabad’s best players have almost secured their place in the semi-finals, with 32 points in 17 matches. They would like to further cement their lead at the top with Jamshedpur FC – 31 points from 16 games – out of breath.

Jamshedpur and third-placed ATK Mohun Bagan have a game in hand and can potentially knock Hyderabad off their perch if they drop points against the Blasters who have top-four aspirations of their own.

The Blasters are fourth in the table with 27 points from 16 outings, and a win on Wednesday would see them cement their place in the top four with Bengaluru FC (26 points) and Mumbai City FC (25 points) also in the fray in fifth. . and sixth respectively.

“We are happy. But we have a lot to improve. It has been a fantastic season for Hyderabad FC. Likewise, Kerala are having a very good season and their attacking players are brilliant,” Hyderabad head coach said , Manolo Marquez.

Bartholomew Ogbeche is having the best season in India this time around and his contribution to Hyderabad’s success has been immense to say the least. The Nigerian became the second player to reach the 50-goal mark in ISL in his last game against FC Goa.

At the final whistle, he scored his second goal and overtook Sunil Chhetri to become ISL’s highest scoring player.

Ogbeche scored his fourth brace of the season and ninth overall in the ISL in the final game. His total goals for the season now stands at 16. He broke his personal best of 15 goals in a single ISL season.

He is now aiming for another record – most goals by a player in a single ISL season.

Luna is the Blasters’ answer to Ogbeche and this season’s contest between two superstars will be one to watch. The Spanish midfielder has been a vital cog in the wheel for the Blasters.

In the last game, he scored both goals for the Blasters in their 2-2 draw against ATK Mohun Bagan. It was his first ever double in the ISL.

He has scored four goals and provided six assists this season.

Luna is only the second Blasters player in ISL history to hit the 10-goal mark for them. The only other player to have achieved this feat for the club is Ogbeche.

“It’s just another game, they are the best team in India and deservedly top of the table. We have to stay focused and try to do well.

“I expect a tough game. We’ll try to test something different tomorrow, every game is different. No problem, we have enough quality players,” Blasters head coach Ivan Vukomanovic said.

The last time the two teams met, the Blasters won 1-0.

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