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Dabang Delhi K.C. vs U Mumba, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru

Defending champions take on a young U Mumba!!!

  • Defending champions start their campaign with their super star Naveen Kumar.
  • U Mumba will be without their mainstay Fazel Attrachali.
  • U Mumba have invested in a lot of youngsters this season, hoping to see them rise to the occasion.

Dabang Delhi will start with a win!!!!!

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru

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This is an interesting match-up as the defending champions Dabang Delhi take on a young U Mumba side. Both teams had contrasting experiences last season.  Dabang was extremely consistent in Season 8 while U Mumba got stuck in their own defensive game plan.

 Mumba ended 10th while Dabang Delhi went to win the title. Both teams have decided to take up new strategies this season. While Dabang has shed their experienced defense while U Mumba has lost Fazel Attrachali. Dabang Delhi will once again hope to ride on the silken touch of Star raider Naveen Kumar, U Mumba will be looking to turn around their fortune under new coach Anil Chaprana. U Mumba conceded 28 all-outs last season while conceding 750 points in 22 games. 

They will have to work hard on their earnings while being thrifty in the defense. They will be without their Sultan Fazel who guarded that left corner with class and finesse. 

Dabang Delhi will look forward to Naveen Kumar earning raid points at will while expecting raiders like Ashu Malik, Ashish Narwal, and Manjeet to rise to the occasion and set up a second line of raiders. The inaugural match of the season should set the tone for a long, arduous, and entertaining season where we will see young guns making an impact. 

Dabang Delhi K.C. Preview

From being the Runners up in season 7 to winning the title last year, Dabang Delhi has come a long way. They have been one of the most consistent sides over the years and have beaten every team that has challenged them. 

This season, Dabang Delhi has made a lot of changes in their squad. They retained their star performer Hi flyer Naveen Kumar while sidelining veterans like Manjeet Chillar, Jeeva Kumar, Joginder Narwal, and Ajay Thakur. The team lost Sandeep Narwal in the auctions but did manage to get their core group of youngsters like Ashu Malik along with Krishnan, Amit Hooda, and Sandeep Dhull to bolster their defense.

 Delhi put their money on a lot of upcoming youngsters who did well at the national championships. Hence this will be a season of hard work and finding the right combination as they start the season. Naveen Kumar finished third behind Pawan Sehrawat and Maninder Singh in terms of successful raids. He conducted 180 successful raids while accumulating 207 raid points. He was able to score 12 Super 10’s in that season. 

Dabang Delhi will have to be careful this season as they lack experience in their defense. They will have to solely depend on Right cover Ravi Kumar, Sandeep Dhull in the left corner, and Amit Hooda in the right corner. Last season Dabang had to struggle a bit mid-season due to the injury to Naveen Kumar. Though he managed to come back in style and win the title for his team, he will have to be careful this season. It will be a great opportunity for young raider Ashu Malik to play sidekick to Naveen, but Dabang will have to make sure that their all-rounders and young raiders rise to the occasion and put up consistent performances just like in season 8. Coach Krishna Kumar Hooda remains at the helm of affairs as he will marshal his troops this season to recreate the magic which helped them become the champions of season 8.

U Mumba Preview

After a forgetful season 8, U Mumba will be entering this season with a lot of optimism as well as expectations. They ended at the 10th spot last time which was quite disappointing. The team never quite got the momentum required to make it to the playoff.

 This time they have roped in coach Anil Chaprana who could spring in a few surprises. U Mumba has bet on a lot of Indian youngsters as well as two Iranians viz raider Haiderali Ekrami and all-rounder Gholumabbas Kouroki. U Mumba has retained its core with Surinder Singh, Rinku, and Harender but could not stop Fazel Attrachali from being bought by the Puneri Paltan in the auctions. Fans will take some time this season to digest the fact that Sultan Fazel will not be seen in Mumba colors.

The responsibility to lead the raiding party will be on young turk Guman Singh who had a very fruitful season 8. U Mumba will also miss their star raider Abhishek who was lethal as well as consistent for the last few seasons. Young raiders like Ashish, Ankush, Shivam, and Kamlesh will have to forge a partnership to assist Guman Singh. U Mumba relied on a defense-heavy strategy last time and it backfired as the season progressed. 

Hopefully this season, their new coach Anil Chaprana will create combinations with his young guns to win matches regularly. He is known for his aggressive style of kabbadi which may just convert U Mumba into a raiding heavy attacking unit. U Mumba has a fairly inexperienced left corner combo with options like Kamlesh and Kiran Magar. This might be a cause of concern while they attempt to tackle star raiders like Naveen Kumar. But U Mumba has bet on youth and exuberance while keeping the Iranian flavor intact. Their fans will be expecting them to start off with a bang and build momentum early in the season.

The inaugural bout of Season 9 will be a big test for U Mumba. They will have to set the tone for themselves. They persisted with a defense-heavy strategy last time and continued even though it back-fired on most of the occasions. Their young defense will have to handle Naveen Kumar and his spicy raids. Young Guman Singh will lead the raiding party for U Mumba. 

Though Danang Delhi look sorted in their raiding, it will be very interesting to see how their defense works. Without veterans like Jeeva, Manjeet Singh, and Joginder. Dabang will have to develop new corner cover combinations for consistent income. The defense will have to rally around Sandeep Dhull who can be lethal in the left corner position. If Naveen Kumar finds his rhythm early on, U Mumba will have to scamper in their first game.

Dabang Delhi will start with a win!!!!!

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