Hyderabad FC (HFC) will take on SC East Bengal (SCEB) in match 39 of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season at GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Thursday, December 23.

HFC have been unbeaten in their last five matches, winning three and drawing their other two matches. With 11 points from six games, Manuel Márquez Roca’s side are currently placed third in the ISL 2021-22 standings.

On the other hand, SCEB are the only winless side in the ongoing ISL so far. Under new manager Manolo Díaz, the Red and Gold brigade have registered three draws and four defeats in seven matches. SC East Bengal are currently languishing at the bottom of the standings.

HFC vs SCEB Dream11 prediction

Hyderabad FC and SC East Bengal have faced each other twice in the Indian Super League, with the Nizams clinching a 3-2 win in one encounter and with the other ending in a 1-1 draw. Going by recent form, HFC will start as overwhelming favourites against SCEB on Thursday.

HFC vs SCEB Dream11 team tips for Indian Super League 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

Hyderabad FC talisman Bartholomew Ogbeche has been in scintillating form in the ongoing edition of ISL. The 37-year-old Nigerian has netted five goals for the Nizams in ISL 8, accumulating 325 fantasy points this season. He is expected to add to his goal-scoring tally against the struggling East Bengal in Matchday 8.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Brazilian midfielder Joao Victor has been one of the standout players for Hyderabad FC this season. The HFC captain has controlled the tempo of midfield, helping his side play an attractive brand of football. Having already accrued 202 fantasy points in ISL 2021-22, one must pick Joao Victor in the fantasy team for this upcoming encounter.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

Even though SC East Bengal have conceded a whopping 17 goals this season, Franjo Prce has been impressive for the Red and Gold outfit. The 25-year-old Croatian has been rock solid at the back, amassing 158 fantasy points so far. He is once again expected to play an important role for SC East Bengal on Thursday if they are to register their first win of the season.

Among the goalkeepers, HFC’s Laxmikant Kattimani will be the preferred choice over Arindam Bhattacharya of SCEB. Considering the form of both sides, Kattimani has a much better chance of keeping a clean sheet against SC East Bengal on Thursday. At just 8.5 credits, he could a valuable addition to any fantasy team and is also expected to fetch more fantasy points for this clash.

HFC vs SCEB probable playing XI

HFC playing XI (probable): Laxmikant Kattimani (goalkeeper); Asish Rai, Chinglensana Singh, Juanan, Akash Mishra; Hitesh Sharma, Joao Victor (captain); Rohit Danu, Joel Chianese, Nikhil Poojari; Bartholomew Ogbeche

SCEB playing XI (probable): Arindam Bhattacharya (captain/goalkeeper); Raju Gaikwad, Tomislav Mrcela, Franjo Prce, Hira Mondal; Sourav Das; Amir Dervišević, Mohammed Rafique, Lalrinliana Hnamte, Naorem Mahesh Singh; Daniel Chima Chukwu

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