Jamshedpur, Dec 1: High on confidence Jamshedpur FC will take on Hyderabad FC in their third match of the season at Bambolim, Goa on Thursday, December 2.
Currently, in fourth place, Men of Steel are fresh from 3-1 victory over FC Goa and will look to extend their winning streak when they play a determined Hyderabad team. Tata Steel-owned franchisee hasn’t lost a single match this season as they drew the first match against East Bengal and won the second match convincingly.
Jamshedpur has Nerijus Valskis and Jordan Murray, both of who were on the scoresheet in the last game. The likes of Alex Lima and Greg Stewart also bring in the experience.
Hyderabad FC head coach Manolo Marquez believes his team is ready for the game but also knows that it will not be an easy one for his side.
“For me, Owen Coyle’s team is always tough to face. Last season, both games were very equal and ended in a draw,” said Manolo.
“This season, they have players who are comfortable playing different styles of football and are happy to play with more possession. They also have a similar squad from last season and for me, they will surely fight for the top-4,” he added.
Speaking about the opponents, Manolo Marquez said, “Jamshedpur is a really strong side. Valskis and Murray are there to finish chances but I think they have high quality all around the pitch. Fast wingers, technically good midfielders and experienced defenders; Jamshedpur have a strong squad, a compact team and we will have to work really hard to win this game.”
Hyderabad FC beat Mumbai City in the last game and will look to carry this momentum to the clash on Thursday. The likes of Joao Victor, Akash Mishra, Asish Rai, Mohammad Yasir and Hitesh Sharma have all been consistently effective and Coach Manolo has his plans set for Thursday’s clash.
“Irrespective of the results in the last game, I think the plans will be the same for both sides. We will stick to our style and so will Jamshedpur and I have no doubt that is going to be another close game in the ISL,” the Spaniard said, speaking about HFC’s approach to their next encounter.
On the team news front, Hyderabad FC will continue to miss the services of Halicharan Narzary and Sahil Tavora.