Hyderabad FC Strength
The South Indian club had the second best defence last season behind league shield winners Jamshedpur FC, allowing just 23 goals in 20 matches. The Nizams were also the leading goal-scorers with 43 goals, thanks to ISL top-scorer Ogbeche's presence.
They will look to improve on the defence with the arrival of Odei Onaindia and Reagan Singh, who will join the regular back four including the goalkeeper. HFC also have a reliable midfield which will be led by seasoned campaigner and captain Joao Victor.
Hyderabad FC Weakness
Weakness is hard to find, but the new centre back partnership and a new right back may take time to click together.
Juanan and Ashish Rai have left the club, but the Nizams have brought in Onaindia and Reagan, who was on loan last season for another season, to replace the duo.
So, the centre backing pairing will need a good preseason along with team to get the season off to a good start.
Hyderabad FC Squad
Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Anuj Kumar, Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Gurmeet Singh
Defenders: Odei Onaindia, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra, Reagan Singh, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Manoj Mohammad, Alex Saji, Soyal Joshy, Abdul Rabeeh AK
Midfielders: Joao Victor, Borja Herrera, Hitesh Sharma, Mohammed Yasir, Sahil Tavora, Mark Zothanpuia, Sweden Fernandes
Forwards: Bartholomew Ogbeche, Javi Siverio, Joel Chianese, Halicharan Narzary, Aaren D'Silva, Rohit Danu
Hyderabad FC Key Players
Bartholomew Ogbeche: The ISL top-scorer registered 18 goals last season and is guaranteed to be among the top-scorers once again in the new season.
Javier Siviero: The young Spaniard scored 7 goals and played a crucial role in the closing stages of last season, providing good support to Ogbeche and also playing as a lone stiker.
Laxmikant Kattimani: The Indian shot-stopper, who joined Hyderabad FC ahead of 2019-20 season, has been a rock at the back and will once again be a vital cog in the HFC backline. He had three cleansheets last season, but will hope to improve on that front.
Joao Victor: The captain has always been crucial in the middle of the park, breaking play and scoring important goals. The Spaniard still has a lot left in his tank despite being the most senior figure in the eleven.
Hyderabad FC 2022-23 Fixtures
|Date||Fixture||Venue||Kick Off Time|
|October 9||Mumbai City FC||Pune||7:30 PM IST|
|October 13||NorthEast United FC||Guwahati||7:30 PM IST|
|October 22||Bengaluru FC||Hyderabad||7:30 PM IST|
|October 29||FC Goa||Hyderabad||5:30 PM IST|
|November 5||Odisha FC||Hyderabad||5:30 PM IST|
|November 9||Jamshedpur FC||Jamshedpur||7:30 PM IST|
|November 19||Kerala Blasters||Hyderabad||7:30 PM IST|
|November 26||ATK Mohun Bagan||Kolkata||7:30 PM IST|
|December 3||Chennaiyin FC||Chennai||5:30 PM IST|
|December 9||East Bengal||Hyderabad||7:30 PM IST|
|December 23||Bengaluru FC||Bengaluru||7:30 PM IST|
|December 29||NorthEast United FC||Hyderabad||7:30 PM IST|
|January 5||FC Goa||Goa||7:30 PM IST|
|January 12||Chennaiyin FC||Hyderabad||7:30 PM IST|
|January 20||East Bengal||Kolkata||7:30 PM IST|
|February 4||Mumbai City FC||Mumbai||5:30 PM IST|
|February 10||Odisha FC||Bhubaneswar||7:30 PM IST|
|February 14||ATK Mohun Bagan||Hyderabad||7:30 PM IST|
|February 18||Jamshedpur FC||Hyderabad||5:30 PM IST|
|February 26||Kerala Blasters||Kochi||7:30 PM IST|
Hyderabad FC Season Prediction
Hyderabad FC, who are the reigning champions, finished second in the league shield race last season, but they are well equipped to challenge for the double of league shield and the ISL trophy this season. If not champions, the Nizams will definitely be up there challenging the other contenders.