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U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

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

Welcome to the Maharashtra Derby - U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan.

  • Placed 5th in the points table, U Mumba got hammered by the Patna Pirates in their last match.
  • Puneri Paltan beat the defending champions in their last match.
  • Puneri Paltan is placed 11th in the points table.

Puneri Paltan will win.

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

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U Mumba looked like an unbeatable side but the duration of the tournament is taking its toll on them. They lost to the Patna Pirates in their last match and they looked completely out of sorts. They are 5th in the points table with 25 points. Meanwhile the Puneri Paltan beat the reckless Gujarat Fortune Giant earlier and then went on to beat the defending champions Bengal Warriors effortlessly.

This will give them a lot of confidence as they take on U Mumba.

Abhishek Singh and Rinku Narwal have been the stars of U Mumba while Aslam Inamdar has been the lone wolf for the Paltan. The Puneri Paltan has nothing to lose as they are placed 11th and have a feeble chance to move ahead in the tournament. But they seem to be getting their act together which may spoil the party for some other team. U Mumba has looked vulnerable in certain matches and they have to be careful about it.

So Mumba come into this match after being hammered by the Pirates while the Paltan is fresh after beating the defending champions.

U Mumba Preview

Lead by the charismatic Iranian Fazel Attrachali, U Mumba have been far from consistent. They have played some amazing kabaddi on occasions while giving away easily in some of the matches. They are 5th in the points table with 3 victories and 3 TIE results.

Raiders Abhishek and Ajith have been their main stay while scoring and the defence has worked well in certain matches. One of their biggest asset is right corner Rinku who on certain occasions has single-handedly tackled raiders and saved his team from all outs.

They have executed 8 Super Tackles and 5 Super Raids.

They have inflicted 12 all outs while conceded only 6.

But time and again they lose their rhythm and give away easy points, like they did against the Patna Pirates. They were left chasing throughout the match and were never able to catch up. Coach Rajguru Subramanian will be aware of these leakages as they take on Puneri Paltan.

All rounder Ashish Sangwan and Rink were spot on in the last match but defender Harendra did not have a good outing. In the absence of Ajith, Mumba is short of raiding options and this hurts their chances in close games. They will look to tackle Aslam Inamdar in the next match, while their raiders will look forward to exploit the weak Puneri defence.

Puneri Paltan Preview

Puneri Paltan is the flight which never took off, it went taxing around the runway for too long this season. Puneri Paltan was always in trouble the moment Rahul Chaudhary could not fire. It took some time for them to gauge this and now they are operating without him. They have found some good youngsters like Aslam Inamdar who scored 17 points in his last match against the Bengal Warriors. They are placed 11th in the points table and have got 2 big victories under their belt.

Kabaddi is a funny game and you never know there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

Right cover Abhinesh Natrajan is looking good while Vishal Bharadwaj and Baldev are still struggling. With Nitin Tomar back as a raider, Puneri Paltan can give Mumba run for their money.

They have conceded the highest all outs of the season-13.

They have conceded 272 points in 8 matches.

They have inflicted 9 all outs and Aslam Inamdar is their top raider with 48 points from 8 games.

They can take on the strong Mumba defense by creating panic among some of the defenders. U Mumba are known to be slow starters and the Paltan can exploit this aspect of the Mumba game.

This contest will be a low scoring but high intensity one. Mumba will come roaring back after their defeat to the Pirates while the Paltan will be fresh from its victory over the defending champions. Aslam Inamdar is in the best form of his life and he has taken up the role of the spearhead of the attack. Nitin Tomar and Mohit Goyat give good raiding support.

U Mumba has to be careful about their strategy of playing slow in the first half. They have found themselves short of time in order to recover from such situations. They have to make quick inroads in the Puneri defence and lead from the beginning. But they also have to be careful of not repeating the same mistakes that they committed against the Pirates.

The Paltan has nothing to lose and they will be more than happy to win this Maharastra Derby.

Puneri Paltan will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino