Eight match winning streak at stake for Kerala and Hyderabad

(Football news) Kerala Blasters will be on a lookout to make a comeback to the top four when it plays against Hyderabad FC in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday.


Kerala played out two draws in their last two matches and are now in the fifth spot with 14 points from nine games. A win will take them to the top four but second-placed Hyderabad will want to stay close behind league leaders Mumbai City FC's heels.


Kerala are on an eight-game unbeaten run as Adrian Luna has been brilliant so far. Luna scored a goal and made an assist in the team's 2-2 draw against FC Goa. Luna scored a stunning goal to make it two for him this season and head coach Ivan Vukomanović will hope the Spaniard again makes a mark.


"All the game depends on momentum. How you start, how you go through the game. You can be good when you are fully focused and concentrated on your task. And that's what this fleet is doing. We have seen that anybody can beat anyone in this league," Vukomanovic said ahead of the encounter.


Hyderabad are also just like their opposition, as they are unbeaten in the last 8 games and have looked very impressive this season with their defence battalion holding up the base. Bartholomew Ogbeche has been a striker who just can't stop scoring and is the third leading goal scorer in Hero ISL history with 44 goals. He is now 4 goals shy of the all-time record held by Ferran Corominas, who scored 48 goals in 57 matches for FC Goa.


After joining Hyderabad, Ogbeche has scored nine league goals in nine games. He is the current highest goal scorer of the 21-22 Hero ISL. The Nigerian has scored a goal in 7 different league games this season.


"I like Kerala Blasters' style of football and their coach. Their three offensive foreign players have become dangerous along with very good Indian players. It will be a very difficult game for both teams," Manolo Marquez said.


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