2019-20 Indian Super League – ATK vs Hyderabad Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does ATK vs Hyderabad kick off? Friday 25th October, 2019 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is ATK vs Hyderabad being played? Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

What TV channel is ATK vs Hyderabad on in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK but will be shown live on Star Sports in India

Where can I stream ATK vs Hyderabad in the UK? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK but those in India can stream it via Hotstar

Where can I get tickets for ATK vs Hyderabad? Tickets may be available on this link

THE TEAM NEWS

ATK

  • ATK went down to a 2-1 defeat away from home against Kerala Blasters in the opening match of the 2019/20 Indian Super League, despite having taken the lead in the sixth minute through Carl McHugh.
  • They were left to rue some good opportunities to double their advantage before Kerala levelled with a penalty in the 30th minute and scored what turned out to be the winning goal just before half-time. ATK did come close to levelling the match in the second half but were unable to find a way through.
  • It is unlikely that wholesale changes will be made from the opening match. Summer signing Anas Edathodika - the Indian international defender signed from Kerala - is available after a one match ban so could make his competitive debut for the club.

HYDERABAD

  • Newly-formed team Hyderabad are making their Indian Super League debut having taken the place of the now defunct FC Pune City who were disbanded at the end of last season following financial troubles.
  • Although they are a new club, they are mainly made up of players from the Pune squad and are coached by Phil Brown, who joined Pune last season in January and guided the club to a seventh-place finish in the final league table.
  • Important players such as Kamaljit Singh, Marco Stankovic, Robin Singh, Nikhil Poojary and Marcelinho all made the move from Pune City and Brown has added foreign imports Giles Barnes, Rafa, Matthew Kilgallon, Bobo and Nestor Gordillo.

THE PREDICTION

Indian Super League new boys Hyderabad are making their debut in the competition, though with much of the coaching staff and squad also together at Pune City last season there is still plenty of familiarity. The pre-season has gone well in terms of results for them but now the competitive action starts and this will be a bigger test of how they are progressing. ATK suffered defeat in their opening match of the campaign but they did have chances and there were positives to be taken, not least in the performance of their pacey Fijian striker Roy Krishna who looked very lively on his ISL debut. This pace and movement in the ATK attack might just give them the edge against a Hyderabad back-line who have some ageing legs in their ranks and a home win is the verdict.

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