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

Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru

El Classico of the PKL- Fortune Giants vs Mumba.

  • U Mumba lost to Bengaluru Bulls in their last game.
  • Gujarat Fortune Giants beat the Haryana Steelers in their last game.
  • Gujarat is placed 4th in the points table while Mumba are struggling at the 8th spot.

Gujarat Fortune Giants will win

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

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Fans of PKL have always waited patiently for this encounter where the arch-rivals clash in the western derby. Every game between these sides is a high-intensity encounter. Over the years there have been massive changes on these sides. Gujarat looked out of sorts last season but this time they have made the necessary corrections. They beat the Haryana Steelers in a close match where raider Rakesh scored 18 points to slam the doors on the Steelers. 

U Mumba is struggling as they have still not found a raider who could dominate the opposition. Ghuman, Jai Bhagwan, and Ashish work well as a team but then the defense crumbles. U Mumba is not yet sure what sort of tactics to employ as they keep oscillating between excessively attacking to going completely defensive. That was the reason they could not keep up their intensity against the Bulls in their last encounter.

Mumba will be to be careful as the Fortune Giants are a notch higher in-game strategy this season. Mumba cannot afford to take them lightly as this EL CLASSICO will produce fireworks.

Gujarat Giants Preview

The Fortune Giants are one of the most entertaining teams of the PKL. They operate unconventionally and produce results unexpectedly. This season they look strong and dangerous as they have reached the 4th spot in the points table after 6 games. They have won their last 2 games and look much more settled as compared to the beginning of the season. 

The biggest advantage for the Fortune Giants is the variety of their raiders. Other teams have a lot of raiders in their squad, but the way the Fortune Giants use them is innovative. For example raider, Mahendra Rajput has been used only in 4 games where he has collected 11 vital raid points. That has been the master stroke of new coach Mehar Singh who created champions out of the Patna Pirates.

Captain Chandran Ranjit is in top form while raider Rakesh has gotten back his golden touch. He scored 18 points in the last game and has scored 5 Super 10’s in 6 games. His consistency is dangerous for the other teams.

They have also utilized the services of raiders like Prateek Dahiya, Mahendra Rajput, and Prashant Kumar. All-rounder Arkam Shaikh has been phenomenal in his approach while defender Saurav Gulia has trapped everything that has come into his zone. The only blip for the Gujarat Fortune Giants is the way they lost their matches to Dabang Delhi and the Jaipur Pink Panthers. They seem to have made the necessary corrections which are visible in their other games.

Gujarat Fortune Giants have always enjoyed a tough, explosive but entertaining rivalry with U Mumba. They have a good record against them as they have won 6 out of their 10 games. On the current form, they could just add one more to the list.

U Mumba Preview

Former Champions U Mumba is struggling this season. New coach Ravi Chaprana is trying to get the best combination in every match, but something seems to be missing in their strategy. They have won 3 out of their 6 matches and are placed 8th in the points table. This has been their issue for the last few seasons as they have been missing the X factor.

Young raiders like Ghuman Singh, Jai Bhagwan, and Ashish have done quite well but their efforts have not converted into results. Captain Surinder Singh has struck form in the last few games which are good news for Mumba. But he has been known to be inconsistent in earlier seasons too. Defender Harender has disappointed as he is capable of much more. 

U Mumba got a thrashing in their last game with the Bengaluru Bulls. Their defense was good enough but still, the opposition raiders looted 24 points in that match while the Mumba raiders got trapped time and again in the Bull's defense. This is a major concern as such a below-par performance will always keep Mumba under pressure.

They seem to be unsure about playing the total attacking brand of kabaddi or going in the shell and luring their prey. U Mumba has not had enough players on the mat during the match and hence they fall into the Super tackle situation time and again. They have scored 6 Super tackles this season which is commendable but it also points toward certain issues. They have also conceded 7 all-outs till now.

But a game against arch-rivals will pep them up as this is always a mouth-watering contest. U Mumba will have to slow down their game and work on their defense. Once in control, then they can unleash their raiders. But captain Surinder Singh will have to motivate his teammates as a win in this match will catapult them ahead of all other teams.

PKL has given us the perfect firecrackers for the festive Diwali season. A high adrenalin contest between arch-rivals U Mumba and Gujarat Fortune Giants.

U Mumba is still searching for a decent lethal combination. They seem to be trying too many things. Right corner Rahul Sethpal and left corner Rinku Narwal will be crucial to trap the Gujarat raiders. Captain Surinder and Harender will need to do better than their best. U Mumba will try and slow down the game to keep it a low-scoring affair.

Gujarat Fortune Giants will unleash captain Chandran Ranjit and Rakesh to set the cat among the pigeons. Mahendra Singh Rajput can be the surprise package. Fortune Giants will rush through the first few minutes of the game and then suddenly hit the brakes. This strategy has generally worked against U-Mumba.

This will be a face-off between the captains- Chandran Ranjit vs Surinder Singh

Gujarat Fortune Giants will win


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Author: Pankaj Khiladino