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

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

Last chance for reckless Gujarat Fortune Giants as they take on U Mumba.

  • Fortune giants are placed 7th in the points table with an outside chance to make it to the next stage.
  • U Mumba is placed 10th in the points table as their journey is over.
  • U Mumba can spoil the party for the Gujarat Fortune Giants.

U Mumba will win.

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

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Welcome to another western derby which will decide the fate of the Fortune Giants whether they can squeeze past 3 other teams to make it to the next stage. The triple panga day will decide the fate of the Bulls, Steelers, Pink Panthers, Puneri Paltan and the Fortune Giants who fight for the 3 lots remaining in the eliminators. The Fortune Giants gave themselves a shot in the arm as they beat the Tamil Thalaiva by 10 points yesterday. They have got some breathing space and a 1 point advantage over the Puneri Paltan who lost yesterday. But now the Fortune Giants are up against their traditional rivals U Mumba who have been relegated to the 10th spot and their journey is over in this edition. But U Mumba will not make it easy for the Fortune Giants. This will be a final before the final for the Fortune Giants. UU Mumba would like to spoil the party for Gujarat as the Bengal Warriors did to Puneri Paltan yesterday. Such is the rivalry between Mumba and Gujarat that one can expect not just fireworks but rough body blows tonight.

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. The Fortune Giants woke up late in the league and have somehow managed to stay afloat with victories in crucial games. They have lost just 1 out of their last 5 games which has given them a lease of life. But they will be up against U Mumba. The Fortune Giants have always punched above their weight against their traditional rivals. Who can forget the daring Super raid by Mahendra Rajput in season 6 against U Mumba at the NSCI Worli. The crowd went berserk as he looted 5 points in one single raid. But a lot has changed over these years as both teams have struggled this season. It all boils down to this game, the Fortune Giants have their nose barely over the water and if they can beat U Mumba they will stay afloat.

Their defence was at its best against the Thalaiva yesterday as they earned 14 tackle points in the match. Left corner Girish Ernak, Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhaiswal were at their best. Raider Mahendra Rajput was their top performer with 10 points while Ajay and Rakesh were good in their supporting role. The Fortune Giants also used the services of raiders Pradeep Kumar and Maninder Singh. This goes to show the shift in their thought process as far as variety is concerned in their attack. They will have to guard their players against the U Mumba raiders. If they can isolate the Mumba raiders, they can spread panic in the Mumba camp. These teams clashed exactly a month back in this season and that match ended in a TIE. This is a DoD situation for the Fortune Giants as their future hinges on a win in this game.

U Mumba Preview

U Mumba fans are disappointed that they will not be able to see their “Orange brigade” any further in this season. It has been a collapse for the former champions as they were never able to kick start their campaign. They started in safe mode, settling for a TIE rather than going for the kill. Hence they were stuck somewhere in the middle of the points table throughout the season. As they fatigued, they lost matches and slipped further. Now they find themselves at the 10th spot after playing 21 games. They have pride to play for apart from the thrill of playing party poopers for their rivals, the Gujarat Fortune Giants. While raiders Abhishek and Ajith have been flag-bearers for Mumba, the defence could not rise to the occasion. U Mumba strategies were also to be blamed as they could not fire when needed. Hence they have lost 3 consecutive games as they head into their last league match. left corner Sultan Fazel Attrachali and right corner Rinku have played their heart out but they could not forge a deadly combination. Rinku is in the top 10 defenders with 53 successful tackles in 21 games but Fazel could not earn enough for all his efforts. 

Their lost to the Puneri Paltan was surprising as they could not rein in some of their raiders. U Mumba has started off slowly in most games and has lost steam in the second half. They will be up against the Fortune Giants who have troubled them time and again. Especially raider Mahendra Rajput has always trouble the Mumba defence. With just pride to play for, U Mumba will look forward to give their fans a final parting gift of beating their traditional rivals.

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. The Fortune Giants will be desperate as this is a must win game for them. Their defence came to life in the last game as they beat the Tamil Thalaiva. Will they be able to keep up the intensity in their 2nd match in 2 days? They don’t have much of an option. Fortunately raiders Mahendra Rajput and Pradeep look in good touch and they have always troubled U Mumba. The Mumba defence will have to be carefree and go for the kill one last time. They may not have any future in this season but the thrill of making the Fortune Giants sweat for every point will motivate U Mumba. Sultan Fazel Attrachali is due for one last hurrah this season.

U Mumba will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino