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Gujarat Giants vs U Mumba, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

Struggling U Mumba takes on reckless Gujarat Fortune Giants.

  • Fortune giants are placed 11th in the points table with just 20 points.
  • U Mumba are placed 7th after playing 10 games.
  • U Mumba has not won any of their last 3 games.

U Mumba will beat the Fortune Giants.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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We often experience changes in the weather patterns but sometimes the wait is too long. This is also known as drought. The Gujarat Fortune Giants have been through a very dry spell as they find themselves at the 11th spot after 9 games. A talented bunch of players are not able to create the magic they have in the last few seasons. Non adaptability is also another reason for them getting stuck in most matches.

U Mumba have had their own set of problems. Though they work on the concept of contribution from all, they have suffered due to inconsistent performances. They have not won any of their last 3 games which is a cause of concern. Fatigue, wear and tear as well as non creative style has them placed 7th spot after 10 games. Though the long season will give them enough opportunities to come back and this match is one of them where they can prey on the Fortune Giants. Encounters between these 2 teams have always been very spicy and entertaining. Gujarat Fortune Giants will still recall the way Mahendra Rajput came up with a stunning all out on U Mumba in season 6.

But in this new season, Fortune Giants need to overcome the drought of ideas.

Gujarat Giants Preview

Sometimes the best of products do not sell in the market, Fortune Giants is one such case. They are young, vibrant, talented, exciting but not delivering. They are placed 11th after 9 games with just 2 victories to their name. One of the major reason for this inconsistent performance is the lack of imaginative kabaddi. Fortune Giants still stick to their age old style of constricting the opponent like a python but they don't realize that the python is heavy and slow.

Initially the raiding department was held well by Rakesh Narwal and Rakesh, but raiders like Ajay, Mahendra Rajput have not been able to keep up with the intensity.

They have conceded 11 all outs while inflicting only 7, which is the lowest among all teams.

Their DoD point conversions are very low with just 27 DoD raid points in 9 games.

Though they have conceded the lowest points among all teams, they have not been able to earn that efficiently too which keeps them behind others all the time.

The biggest drawback has been their defence which has earned only 79 team tackle points in 9 games.

These statistics clearly indicate the reasons of failure for the Fortune Giants. But they still have a lot of games coming up to rectify their mistakes and make a roaring comeback.

U Mumba Preview

The U Mumba engine has been misfiring for the last 3 games as they find themselves with more questions than answers this season. They TIED the game with the Bengal Warriors while lost 2 games before that. They have lost a lot of momentum and are placed 7th after 10 games with 28 points. They have the same number of points as UP Yodha but have a negative score difference. This is due to the fact that their raiding has been toothless with the absence of Ajith.

U Mumba also depend primarily on tackling rather than harvesting from raiders.

Captain Fazel Attrachali has also not hit top form this season, while Ashish Sangwan and Rinku have done well. Defender Harender needs to improve his consistency and contribute more successful tackles.

Though being a defence dependent side, U Mumba has executed only 86 successful team tackles in 10 games. They have 11 Super tackles to their name in these 10 games.

But they have managed only 184 raid points this season which keeps them under pressure all the time.

They have inflicted 12 all outs while conceding 10 this season.

U Mumba succeeds only when Abhishek and Ajith earn good raid points while Fazel, Rinku and Harendra tighten the screws via effective tackles. Mistakes in any department of the game will force them to play safe.

This will be another spicy encounter as U Mumba and Gujarat Fotune Giants clash in the Western Derby. Both teams understand each other well and play accordingly. But U Mumba has a slight advantage in this match as the Fortune Giants are lost in transit and are still searching for the right combination. It is high time that Parvesh and Sunil start scoring big for their team. Coach Manpreet needs to curtail his emotions and concentrate of infusing new vigour in his team.

U Mumba has to play safe and gather points as their journey will be arduous and difficult. This is a good opportunity for them to exploit the out of form Fortune Giants and give themselves some valuable points to move up the ladder.

But don't underestimate the Fortune Giants as they may force a TIE on U Mumba.

U Mumba will beat the Fortune Giants.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino