KBFC vs HYD Dream11: Hyderbad prepare to host their first-ever Indian Super League match as they play Kerala Blasters at G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium, on Saturday evening. Even after the team owners changed their base in the offseason and rebranded the team's name from FC Pune City to Hyderbad FC, there's no change in the fortunes as they come into this match on the back of two consecutive defeats.
Phil Brown made an immediate impact with FC Pune City last season and it was a no-brainer when he was handed the reins of Hyderbad FC this season. But the former Hull City manager has endured a very difficult start to the new season, losing the first two games, including a chastening 5-0 defeat in the opening game against ATK.
That's why the home game couldn't have come sooner for Hyderbad as they look to register their first point of the season.
Kerala Blasters will also look to get all three points having lost the last match 0-1 at home against Mumbai City.
The Indian Super League match will be played between Hyderabad and Kerala Blasters at G. M. C. Balayogi Athletic Stadium, in Gachibowli suburb of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The ground has a capacity of 30,000.
The game will start at 07:30 PM (IST), on Saturday, November 02.
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Hyderabad vs Kerala Blasters Team News:
Hyderbad FC Team News:
Centre-back Rafa Lopez, who was shoehorned in the midfield in the opening game against ATK, has been ruled out due to an injury. Marko Stanković replaced him in the playing 11 against Jamshedpur and should hold onto his place.
Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Kamaljit Singh, Anuj Kumar
Defenders: Gurtej Singh, Mohammad Yasir, Tarif Akhand, Asish Rai, Sahil Panwar, Rafael Lopez Gomez, Matthew Kilgallon
Midfielders: Adil Ahmed Khan, Sahil Tavora, Deependra Negi, Nestor Jesus Benitez, Rohit Kumar, Gani Nigam, Nikhil Poojary, Marko Stankovic, Shankar Sampingiraj, Laldanmawia Ralte
Forwards: Giles Barnes, Marcelo Leite Pereira (Marcelinho), Abhisek Halder, Robin Singh, Deyvison Rogerio Da Silva (Bobo)
Kerala Blasters FC:
Kerala Blasters have no injury concerns to contend with ahead of this game but Eelco Schattorie may tinker with the playing 11 in this game, having named unchanged XIs in the first two matches.
Local boy Rahul KP is also on the roster and will be looking to get some minutes in front of home fans.
Kerala Blasters squad:
Goalkeepers: TP Rehenesh, Bilal Khan, Shibin Raj
Defenders: Abdul Hakku, Gianni Zuiverloon, Raju Gaikwad, Pritam Singh, Jairo Rodrigues, Jessel Carneiro, Lalruatthara, Mohamad Rakip
Midfielders: Mouhamadou Gning, Pragyan Gogoi, Halicharan Narzary, Jeakson Singh, Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Seityasen Singh, Sergio Cidoncha, Mario Arques, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Rahul KP, Sahal Abdul Samad
Strikers: Bartholomew Ogbeche, Messi Bouli, Mohammed Rafi
Hyderabad vs Kerala Blasters predicted playing 11:
Hyderabad FC: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Asish Rai, Gurtej Singh, Matthew Kilgallon, Sahil Panwar, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Laldanmawia Ralte, Nikhil Poojary, Marcelinho, Robin Singh
Kerala Blasters: Bilal Khan (GK), Mohammad Rakip, Gianni Zuiverloon, Jairo Rodriguez, Jessel Carneiro, Moustapha Gning, Sergio Cidoncha, Sahal Abdul Samad, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Rahul KP, Bartholomew Ogbeche
KBFC vs HYD Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
Hyderbad still have an air of uncertainty about them but Kerala Blasters are more established and will look to get something out of this match.
We back a 1-1 draw here.