7:00 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Hyderabad FC vs East Bengal match in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23. The kick-off is just half an hour away! I’m your host Aishwarya Chakraborty, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football.- Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

Build Up

Hyderabad FC will host East Bengal FC in their upcoming Indian Super League 2022-23 fixture at the G.M.C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium, Hyderabad on Friday, 09 November 2022. The Nizams and the Red & Gold Brigade will be favouring their chances ahead of the game which is set to be tight.

While one of the two teams is fighting to maintain its position on the higher reaches of the ISL league table, the other is hoping to rise from the bottom rungs of the ladder. Interestingly, both HFC and EBFC won their previous games in the league by a 3-1 margin away from home. 

There is a lot to look forward to as Hyderabad FC and East Bengal FC get ready to lock horns:

The Stakes

Hyderabad FC

The Nizams began the season fabulously. At one point, they had a five-match winning streak before losing two consecutive matches. After winning the ISL Trophy last season, this year’s expectations are enormous for Hyderabad FC. 

Manolo Marquez must keep the players focused as the side is expected to make playoffs this year at the minimum. Beating East Bengal FC will help HFC in that objective and stay close to league leaders Mumbai City FC in the table.

East Bengal

The Kolkata-based club is showing signs of improvement to last season when it finished bottom of the table. East Bengal FC won only one game last season, however, they have already secured three wins after eight matches.

Their last ISL outing saw them win by 3-1 away to Jamshedpur FC – the reigning ISL Shield winners. Now, Stephen Constantine’s men come up against the reigning ISL Trophy winners. The aim will be to cause another upset and secure all three points or come away with a point at the very least. 

Team News

Yet to receive team news for Hyderabad FC. As for East Bengal FC, reports suggest that there is a 50-50 chance for Charis Kyriakou to start as he has started training. Amarjit Singh and Sarthak Golui are unavailable. Souvik Chakrabarti is gaining fitness but may not be able to play the whole 90 minutes.

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